EASTWICK, U. S. A. by Howard H. Hush


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A social worker's cross section of a community, in the most human terms possible, the case histories with which he was confronted, this is also a scoring of the ""nice people"" of that community rather than a judgment on those they were most apt to judge. Here we see the sanctimonious indignation of those that have, their lack of charity towards those that haven't. Whether it is Tom, bastard son of Marjorie Bell, or work-shy Willie Murphy who with his six children was frozen out of Eastwick, or Mrs. Seward's colored maid, Nina, a ""nig"", or Gus who drank, or Lucy, orphanage-bred in one of the ""country's best-ventilated prisons"", or working mothers, latchkey children, abandoned children,-the accent here is on the meagre amount the professional social worker can do to offset the lasting pressures and judgments of the community...A saddening, rather than sordid, account, which is human, humane and has the ring of authenticity.

Pub Date: Nov. 9th, 1948
Publisher: Dutton