COFFEE CREAM by Carolyn Overstreet


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Well handled first novel of the South, with somewhat the appeal and calibre of the later Owen Bristow novels -- Competent, convincing. This is the South at the turn of the century (a guess -- the period is not specified), when the ""top cream"" of the old South had been watered down to ""Coffee Cream"", and second raters were working their way through money, and the worst type of Yankees were infiltrating the region, ignoring the hostility of the natives. The situation is dramatized through the stories of four people -- Virginia Crowford, gentle, tolerant aristocrat; hard drinking, high spending Jack Crawford, her husband from up North; Milt Gardner, with a blight on his name ostracized in the community; and Alice Kendrick, one of the first divorcees of the neighborhood, and suspected because of her beauty and her candor. A good psychological novel, intelligent and sympathetic in handling, and romantic enough to appeal to the discriminating woman reader.

Pub Date: Oct. 5th, 1942
Publisher: Dutton