THESE ARE THE TIMES by Clare Jaynes
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THESE ARE THE TIMES

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Repeat performance in plausible practised women's fiction, with perhaps less undertow than Instruct My Sorrows, but with the surely popular medical backdrop to a maturely considered handling of marital problems. It is the story of John Kenyon, orthopedic surgeon who has refused to involve himself in social or hospital politics in (presumably) Chicago. He turns down a fine offer from Johns Hopkins to enlist in the service, and then becomes sharply aware of the deceptions, the ruthless possessiveness of his wife, Judith. Judith tries first with solicitous words, then with a deliberate pregnancy, to thwart his enlistment. John turns to Felicia, who is undemanding in their relationship, but gives her up when Judith loses the baby. The death of his young assistant, for which Judith is indirectly responsible, relieves him of his sense of obligation to her, and frees him for Felicia -- and the war. Contemporary, convincing, and cushioned in all kinds of medical incident -- a hard-to-best combination for feminine tastes. Popular fiction sale and rentals.

Pub Date: April 20th, 1944
Publisher: Random House