A DURABLE FIRE by Dorothy James Roberts


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A slow moving outsize story of a superior mentality combatting inner and outer tensions, in this detailed exploration of the intellectual and moral atmosphere of Malice Landing (see A Man of Malice Landing -- published 1943). Glee Vanny becomes the rebel of her own family, through her father's teachings, and her own insistence on being allowed to make her own mistakes, her own way. With his death, and the approaching re-marriage of her conforming mother, Glee escapes to the farm he has left her and there, -- learning how to farm, helping to solve the problems her step-sister presents, being wooed but not won, and then being won but not wooed, -- Glee finds out, after hatred of neighbors, fire, flood and the refusal, to accept her terms, of the man who taught her to face the truth, the secret combination of self-dependence and fulfillment...Portrait of a rebel, to whom convention is anathema, whose knowledge of her own ignorance and actual inexperience comes late -- and bitterly. Though amplified with detail, there is still lack of any conviction of reality.

Pub Date: June 28th, 1945
Publisher: Macmillan