THE WILLOW BENDER by Helen Rich

THE WILLOW BENDER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A simple, rhythmic story of an unseasonal storm in Colorado which shows the emotional patterns of those caught in its tension. Goldpan is torn apart by the Shellaby Dredge and Mining Company in its efforts to dig the gold surface miners have been working on for years and as one section fails the company moves on to another, where Andy Towner and his young wife, Reenie, live. Andy, deeply rooted in family pride and lore, refuses to sell, and in defying the company, adds to their problems. Off on a mining trip when the willow bender comes, Andy never knows how deeply Reenie falls for the company agent, how terribly she desires to be true to her husband, but youth and the storm combine into a passionate intoxication. Reenie and Julian try to stave off their feelings, Andy knows the thrill of a possible strike in a hidden mountain mine, the company cuts dangerously near Andy's home, and Reenie knows she is pregnant. With Julian's decision to leave the company and enlist, Reenie knows her punishment will be great in keeping the baby's paternity secret... Unworldly, even innocent, this has an uncluttered, straight line of development.

Pub Date: Nov. 27th, 1950
Publisher: Simon & Schuster