PARTLY CLOUDY AND COOLER by Elizabeth Uhr

PARTLY CLOUDY AND COOLER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

It's a wonder that a writer with Mrs. Uhr's obvious talents should restrict herself to such tawdry characters; the lowest decibels on the personality scale. The sad interaction takes place in a small university town with anti-heroine Miriam Venetzky sloppily pregnant and first met going through a particularly dismal childbirth in a seedy hospital. Released, Miriam, the feminine bovine and definitely unmotherly gets a Job and sluggishly ponders what to do with little Eric whom she keeps in a cardboard box. Then there's her friend Frank, the permanent graduate student who loves women and ""gladly offered them the three things he had to give: time, compassion and sexual proficiency."" Miriam rejects the latter but Frank (who has a strained, barren relationship with his wife, Dorothy) soon commences au affair with another professor's wife, Eloise, mother of two. However, Eloise becomes pregnant and goes to an abortionist while Frank, guiltridden and drunk goes to Jail. In Jail, Frank becomes acquainted with two helpful homosexuals who eventually have a part in the unusual adoption Proceedings when Frank and wife Dorothy take over Eric, leaving. Miriam free to follow her mindless, physical pursuits. It's a novel composed of scenes, which Mrs. Uhr describes with meticulous care, but Partly Cloudy and Cooler is apt to leave the reader chilled.

Pub Date: Jan. 31st, 1967
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace & World