SWAMP ANGEL by Ethel Wilson


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Lilly's Story introduced a new Canadian writer whose simplicity concealed a depth of compassionate understanding of the human heart. (See report last year, page 131). This second novel again rests more on the revelation of humans than on plot or suspense. Maggie, the central figure, had married- after her husband's and child's deaths- a man for whom she was sorry- and lived years of bitter regret until she could take no more and left him. But she couldn't run away from her own heart; she still must take on responsibilities, rescue lame ducks; let compassion rule her being. The story is told against a background, largely, of the Canadian southwest, the woods and the lakes and streams as, seeking oblivion and escape as cook in a fishing camp, she finds herself landed with a ""family"" that needs her. The story is told simply, but with rare charm. While it shifts from one group of people to another, the pieces still fit into the larger whole, and the author makes one really care what happens to each. I liked it.

Pub Date: Aug. 25th, 1954
Publisher: Harper