BRIGHTEN THE CORNER by Hollis Summers

BRIGHTEN THE CORNER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Brightening the corner where they are in a Baptist parsonage in Sharonville, Kentucky, is this preacher's family, and this is a memento of a childhood annotated-rather than activated- by the comforting commonplaces of church and community life. Roughed in, with an affectionate stroke, are the episodes in which Mother acquires ""help"" for the first time in the person of the devoted Lela; the premature birth of a baby sister- who dies; a motor trip to Pennsylvania for a visit to their grandparents; the forbidden ""social sins"" movies and dancing- and one small boy's resentment thereof; and the constant troublemaking of Brother Gilbert, which eventually prompts Father's resignation and the move to a bigger, better parish which closes this chronicle... A boy's backward look at a chapter in childhood which never achieves much more than a homely sincerity and a naive nostalgia, and which aims-conservatively- at the conservative market of One Fact In Heaven.

Pub Date: March 13th, 1952
Publisher: Doubleday