THE SLEEPING TREES by Gilbert Maxwell


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A first novel which is a discerning, cumulatively dramatic probe of private lives- those of the gracious, superior Shepherds of Georgia, -- and which is, simultaneously, a showing up of the sheltered south, rotten with tradition, pretense, deceit. The wedding of Elizabeth Shepherd precipitates the many unacknowledged, unresolved issues in the lives of those closest to her; the dead marriage of habit of her parents -- Martin and Mela; Martin's continued love for Elissa, whom -- bucking social stigma -- he had lacked the courage to marry; Marianna, Martin's twin sister who had submerged her own life in devotion to her brother; Carolyn, a cousin, who dreaded an inheritance of insanity; and Elizabeth's own doubts, after the failure of her first marriage to a man who was impotent, of this second marriage to Tony -- Tony whose mental blackouts are not attributable only to the war.....These individual and dormant dramas and their resolution make for a holding sympathetic story which women should and will like.

Pub Date: Nov. 7th, 1949
Publisher: Little, Brown