Mother and Four had a more than usually favorable reception. Here is the author's second book, again a novel based on the problems of family life. It seems to me a distinct advance in technique, though possibly not so generally appealing in subject matter as the earlier book. The setting is once more a New England university town, but the problem is a younger generation problem this time. The story is that of a girl, bound to her father by almost too all-absorbing a devotion, and thrust by an emotional experience into the realization of her unfitness to meet life outside the shelter of her home. She forces herself out -- she learns to build around herself false barriers -- and only when these defences fall does she really begin to know herself. In parts not wholly convincing, this has, however, much to recommend it to the reader seeking a problem novel that does not dig too far below the surface, nor demand too much of the psychological approach.