SOMEWHAT ANGELS by David C. De Jong

SOMEWHAT ANGELS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A sour, satirical scrutiny of the girls they left behind them as Emily Brain, mother of two and stepmother of one in the service, and her daughter-in-law, are alternately subjected to censure and caricature. Emily Brain at 57 controls her sons -- in a nice way --is confided in by their wives, whether she likes it or not. There is Suzan, dutiful, dull and self-righteous, particularly indignant over Henriette, her husband's mistress, also on intimate terms with Emily. There is Terry, married to trite and traditionalistic Raven --and justifiably bored. There is Valerie, three day bride of the youngest, Vince, Valerie who is Southern, shallow and easily seduced. Action is concentrated on days of reunion -- and disunion -- among the ladies, with nothing resolved even though Vince is wounded, Henrietta is killed and Valerie bigamously remarried. Often apt and acute, this is also distasteful and quite dull.

Pub Date: Oct. 31st, 1945
Publisher: Reynal & Hitchcock