The importance of this book lies in its documentary evidence regarding the operations of relief and social agencies. But it is cast in the form of a novel so should reach a wider market than if issued as a straight case record, which it has the earmarks of being. There is a note of authenticity, even in the unrelieved picture of abject poverty, in the evidence of the fearful effect on morale and pride and ambition brought about by hopeless surroundings and mounting debt and the stigma of being on W.P.A. and Relief. An indictment not only of the social agencies and the governmental agencies, but of the whole system which can allow such things to be. It is a good story, absorbingly interesting in its developments, but it would be more powerful if it had been possible to give some sense of relief, some spark of humor. As it stands, it should be read -- but it wont be easy to have it read.