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Ellie is the daughter of the rags-to-riches immigrant heroine of last year's Rachel's Legacy; now, in the early Thirties, she has gone from riches to rags and is living with her father in a fleabag hotel, too poor to return to college. So she's pleased to land a secretarial job, though her father mourns the comedown, and soon she is going with Lionel, a rich young Communist too committed to the cause to marry. But Ellie really belongs with neither her new radical friends nor her old rich ones. By the time Lionel is killed in the Spanish Civil War, she is working for a fashion magazine, which she finally leaves to pursue her true calling as a designer on Seventh Avenue, her parents' old territory. Being the stolid old-fashioned novel that it is, this also ends with Ellie's engagement--to Paul, a stiff, formerly rich refugee from Germany now working as a floor-walker at Macy's. It's hard to see what Ellie sees in Paul, and with both boyfriends we simply have to take her word for it that she loves each of them in turn. Ellie herself is far from exciting. But if the novel makes no demands on readers, emotional or otherwise, it has some of the quiet, steady appeal that seems to constitute her ""inheritance.

Pub Date: Sept. 20th, 1979
Publisher: Morrow