Life itself was a worldwide network"" -- this might be said to set the key to this story of ordinary people in an ordinary town, through a two generation story of the Tuckers. Cornelia Tucker is an average small town matron, interested in home and family, club activities, self development and the neighbors. Her husband is moderately ambitious, and assured that he is head of his household, that his wife's growth is never quite up to his own. The radio --from crystal set to the 1940 variety -- marks the rhythm of a changing pattern of life, taking the family out of their immediate circuit, making them, almost unconsciously, internationalists when Pearl Harbor crashes their realities. Son and daughter are somewhat artificial in drawing, -- the son a quiet lad, who becomes an army flier; the daughter, a rebel in the making, who finds that independence of family does not necessarily mean happiness. The war brings things into focus, and each member of the family finds a level. An excellent picture of a woman growing with her age, and of interest in its quiet reflection of American life. Hilda Morris does this sort of thing well. A pleasant and readable tale.