THE COIN PIN by Grace Carstons


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The coin pin handed down by banker Avery Pitt (it is part of a found fortune- is a strong box- which enables him to amass his greater wealth) to his daughter Serena, and in turn to her only child, Stacy Pitt Stuart, is a symbol of great wealth. It is also the only value Serena respects, so that Stacy, who is ""forced to cut her teeth on a gold coin"", has an anything but childlike childhood, except for the warmth of her Scotch Gram, the quixotic largesse of her father- a gambler, and the protective interest of David, a pollo victim, orphaned, who is adopted by them and now tells Stacy's story. In spite of Serena, Stacy grows up to write poetry, to escape her mother's influence, to fall in love with Thatch Hogarth-self-made and sure, to weather the unhappier circumstances ahead (two babies lost; debts; the war; her mother's refusal the one time she asks for help); to write some successful books and realize that she is happiest with what she has done-and earned- by herself.... A woman's novel has a perfectly presentable story to tell- which doesn't quite survive a rather jittery style (foreshortened sentences; uneasy dialogue).

Pub Date: April 10th, 1961
Publisher: Macmillan