DEFINITION OF LOVE by Catherine Ridgway McCarthy
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With sensitivity, candor, and a young but by no means inexpert touch, this tells of Connie Trumbull, twenty, as she faces the first, harsher exposures to the adult world. Connie, who had only known the protective privileges of money, her family, and her friends from the same cushioned environment, is left quite alone when her father dies- bankrupt. Going back to college to work her way through her last year, Connie finds it difficult to live in two classes, aligns herself with others who have had no sheltered security; Ted Sackett, a poet and teacher, who was sensitive to his stigma of illegitimacy; Myra, a Jew; Dick Morey, a Communist. Sackett, evasive toward Connie, leaves her free for Dick who tries to make her over, adapt her to party principles which include free love, and in the end takes out on her all his resentment of her background. After his suicide, it is to Sackett that she turns again... An aware and appealing portrayal of a girl and the reversals of circumstances and values, convincingly communicated in a first novel.

Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin