THE TROUBLE WITH TURLOW by Fallon Evans

THE TROUBLE WITH TURLOW

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Harry Turlow is a poorly paid associate professor of English on the faculty of a small Catholic women's college run by a debt-ridden but inexplicably efficient order of nuns. Harry's troubles are legion: the size of his salary puts him and his family in the position of subsidizing the college; his pathetic car is the object of the students' ridicule; the nearly senile chairman of his department can never remember his name; his academic rival advances his own career by publishing Harry's ideas; and he has been inveigled into the responsibility of a T.V. program proclaiming Holy Mary College's intangible delights. Not only does Turlow have to contend with the idiosyncrasies of the unfamiliar medium but his colleague, Bartley Brownleigh, involves him in a scheme for consolidating all the local Catholic colleges -- a proposal which does little to endear him to the Chancery Office. The T.V. show ends in hysteria, the consolidation is scuttled, there's a fire in his car, Bartley becomes a semi-permanent resident in his house, but Turlow emerges with his Holy Mary loyalties intact. Fallon Evans is a professor of English at a Los Angeles Catholic college. His first novel, though it has its amusing moments, is basically situation comedy composed of cliches.

Pub Date: Jan. 13th, 1960
Publisher: Doubleday