THE SCORPION FIELD by J. L Nusser

THE SCORPION FIELD

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A bitter backward look- by Ernest Slater- in his fifties- retraces not only the emptiness of his own life (the futile suicide of his wife, and his failure to make something more of a later relationship-with Milly) but also the devastation of his niece- Patty-Jo- in which he shares a certain guilt along with her parents, Clyde and Helen. Clyde is a mean and narrow-minded small town man, and Helen-although she has a definite physical attraction- has never found an audience for it. So that when Patty-Jo, at fourteen, has a first and intimate romance with Hungarian George Czia, she incurs not only the class-conscious anger of her father, but the latent jealousy of her mother. Ernest- intervening protectively- hurries George away and when he is drowned at sea- assumes the guilt of his death.... A first novel which points its finger at a morality which is anything but high-minded and the ruinous results effected in its name, this is as much a rebuke as an uncompromising look at private lives.

Pub Date: Sept. 20th, 1957
Publisher: Appleton-Century-Crofts