THE SWIFT SEASONS by Helen Train Hilles


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The emotional evolution of Stephanie Winthrop from a serene and secure New York City childhood takes its shape from a wealthy background and a well-bred schooling which does not quite finish her for the realities which lie ahead. The death of her father is a first sharp grief while the loss of her mother, a year or so later, is less noticed, and an aunt provides a fashionable rather than comfortable substitute for her parents in the years which follow. There's the glow of a first dance, and then her debut, and then her love for Mark whose ambivalent instability she does not recognize. But the death of Anna, her devoted family retainer, marks the break with her childhood and underlines Mark's unsteady attraction. She has a nervous breakdown and during the weeks which follow in a private hospital is equipped to meet a future divorced from the past and ready for the marriage to Tim. . . . Personable characters, attractive accessories and a comfortable detail of clothes and food and decor groom this for a feminine audience, for better class rentals and some sales.

Pub Date: Sept. 14th, 1953
Publisher: Coward-McCann