THE WHITE WITNESSES by Helen Spalding

THE WHITE WITNESSES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A civilized, questioning novel of people in conflict, this is primarily, but never obviously, a psychological portrait of a man bound by a sense of guilt to the wife who had died. Lewis Quinton, sculptor, lives in the rather self-bound world of his work, which is successful, on amiable, if aloof, terms with his sister who runs his household, and his daughter, Veronica, hopelessly in love with a married man. A succession of dreams makes Quinton increasingly aware of his isolation from others, and brings the admission, after 15 years' silence, that his wife had committed suicide because of his lack of love for her, and that only with her death did he realize that love, and attempts suicide himself...An indirectly, obliquely holding story of the distortions of human relationships, always restrained in its narration.

Pub Date: Sept. 13th, 1948
Publisher: Scribner