SUBSTANCE OF A DREAM by Garth Hale

SUBSTANCE OF A DREAM

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A faithful transcript of middle class situations and emotions, this follows the first years of marriage of Gayle and Lester Hood, proves that it is better to grin and bear it rather than break it up. For Gayle, whose storybook ideas about the man she loves, is shattered by Lester, crude, jocular, and inclined to case his insecurity with a few drinks. As their marriage stales, Lester is susceptible to a divorcee, gets involved in a dishonest deal, and finds that supporting Gayle and two children outstrips his earnings. Gayle, who thinks of leaving him, learns from her mother that it is better to suffer and carry on, and at the end is rewarded when Lester stops drinking, starts working, and puts their marriage on a more substantial basis... A precise account of prosaic lives, this is valid rather than vital.

Pub Date: Feb. 16th, 1950
Publisher: Dutton