THE SUNNIER SIDE by Charles Jackson


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A collection of twelve short stories, some of which have had magazine appearance, which are partially autobiographical in derivation if fictional in development, and which stem from a pre World War I childhood in Arcadia, a village in upper New York state. And in this recall of incidents and people almost forgotten, there is a very natural note, covering almost deceptively- some more sensational elements. The Sunnier Side follows through on the lives of three of Arcadia's prettiest girls:- Harriet, who was out off by her father with her marriage; Eudora who became a hopeless alcoholic; Faith, who with her husband and child, met a violent death. There is the dentist and his brutal attack against his wife to his child; Ray Verne, the choirmaster, whose charm was directed against young boys; the ""benighted savage"" who contended against the threat of insanity from self-abuse; the death of his sister, Rachel, too soon to kill the town's gossip about her; first desires and first loves these all have their reality. The Jackson name may carry this to a wider audience than this medium usually commands, but conservatives may find the collection somewhat suspect.

Pub Date: Nov. 13th, 1950
Publisher: Farrar, Straus