Nice job, this portrait of a forceful character in the family album, Granny Van, of whom George Perry was in particularly close though not always harmonious relationship. She dominated successfully first his parents, then, when he was a boy, young George. This recapitulates her stormy passages with her maid, with Uncle Harry, with neighbors and tradesmen. It follows her sharp interest in medication -- leading to alcohol, as from an unacknowledged nip here and there she worked up to a gallon a fortnight. All in all, this catches much of the spirit of an indomitable she-devil who was hard to live with, easy to love.