CITY LIMIT by Hollis Summers


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A first novel, which if at times seems indistinct in intention, mutes the impulsiveness and insecurity of first love against the coarseness and morality of adult misinterpretation. This is the story of Harriet Shrader and Ed Webster, still in High School, as they are exposed to the vicarious to vicious vigilance of Gertrude Bates, Dean of Girls, distorted by sexual spinsterdom. Under stigma and under pressure, Harriet and Ed run away, cross the Kentucky state line into Indiana, spend several days together (but do not sleep together) until the truant officer catches up with them. With no alternative save marriage before them, they go to the preacher alone- and a little lonely....A sometimes poignant, not always pleasant contrast drawn between the idealism of the young, the rigidity of their elders, but rather questionable betters.

Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin