CIRCLE OF THE DAY by Helen Howe

CIRCLE OF THE DAY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Again (The Whole Heart, We Happy Few) a quite expert and recognizable rendition of a woman's world and the deliberations of Faith Millet, on her tenth wedding anniversary, over a dilemma which is to rise and be resolved in one day. In her marriage to Eric Millet, a successful concert manager, Faith has been transplanted from a small Illinois town to a world of shrill and sterile sophisticates, and as she faces a rather purposeless present, she is shocked out of it by the discovery that Eric has had a son by the woman he had loved before his marriage to Faith. Hating the barrage of innuendoes, of pertinent personal questions to which she is exposed, Faith decides to leave Eric- but in the round of the day she faces many persuasive influence; -Clara, her oldest friend; Freddy, with whom she had been desperately in love, gay, unconventional, complicated and skittish, who offers the old charm and the old excitement for six weeks in Paris before he again pushes off to faraway places; Fay, her child, who needs Eric; Eric's mother and the terrible, isolated boyhood she had given him; and others. And at the close she goes back to Eric with a fairly elated understanding of his love for his son and a decision to maintain the serene equilibrium of their marriage... An attractively worldly portrayal which indulges quite some sentiment and which, when you get right down to it, is still Schrafft's and not the Waldorf. All slicked up for the ladies- to buy and rent.

Pub Date: May 22nd, 1949
Publisher: Simon & Schuster