THE LUCK OF DAPHNE TOLLIVER by Elisabeth Hamilton Friermood
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Decrepit and run-down Buttermilk Hill, a town located on the Wabash, could not faze the newly-arrived Tollivers, a family of eleven, closely knit and long familiar with the bogey of poverty and its antagonist, ingenuity. The patriotic spirit of World War I inspired Daphne Tolliver's enterprising efforts in organizing a family junk business and her maneuvers were also responsible for the eventual clean-up of Buttermilk Hill. It is not only among tangible objects that Daphne enjoyed transforming the discarded into the useful. Her effect on ""Limpy"" Jim Endicott is positive enough to help the boy realize his potential despite his handicap. Yet Daphne is no Pollyanna. For amid the excitement of learning to drive the junk truck, rejoicing in her crippled sister's progress, and her older sister's marriage, answering President Wilson's call on the homefront, she is utterly devastated when her favorite brother is wounded in action. The Luck of Daphne Tolliver is not luck at all, -- it is courage, humor and hard work. Had the foil of physical disability been introduced less frequently, what is essentially a touching drama might have been spared many spurts of sentimentality. Recommended.

Pub Date: Sept. 8th, 1961
Publisher: Doubleday