Wisconsin the locale, this time, in a novel that, from the story point of view, ranks with the best of Edna Ferber's work. An essentially American tale, a story of three generations, with, on one side, the tradition of wealth and position and power, on the other, the background of lumber camps, of opportunities seized, of ambition and grit. Middle age brings disillusion and it is at this point that the story opens, with a new vista opening out in an infatuation for the granddaughter of an old comrade, a lumberman who has stayed a lumberman. Then the struggle between youth and middle age -- and youth wins. The rest of the story is the girl's, and -- at the end -- her children's. A typical leaf from America's Middle West, a picture of a sudden rise to wealth, a struggle for social position, a comet career across Europe,and the crash.... It is good reading, a better knit book than American Beauty, a less sympathetic -- though none less searching -- character study, than So Big. Perhaps closer to the rhythm of Cimarron in its portrayal of two egotists... Backed by a national advertising program, and with posters, imprinted cards, and a booklet, Boxing the Compass for America, as a program for plus sales on the reissues of the earlier novels.