MISS MARVEL by Esther Forbes
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For the discriminating reader -- not for those who demand a concrete story, with conventional plot development, for it scarcely even qualifies as a novel. Rather is it a subtly penetrating characterization, a gradual building up of the background of a town ""character"" -- just such a queer, thwarted, old maid as every community knows, living on morbid, egocentric dreams of a ""beloved"" who never came to life -- letting reality slip by while playing with visions. There is a queer sort of tenderness under the irony -- a sympathetic sounding of hidden chords -- a gradual building of background and contributing forces. Esther Forbes' first book, O Genteel Lady, was enough of a success to still keep in memory; A Mirror for Witches established her as more than a one book person.

Pub Date: Sept. 3rd, 1935
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin