Wake and Remember (1936) showed more promise than this second novel sustains. That story has a pace and vitality which this one, often over-long, seems to miss, in a story of three generations, spanning the period from 1870 on. It is primarily the story of Faith and her search for ""the excellent life"", first through a highly intellectualized existence, later through a strange marriage. Hard times, widowhood, the futility of the post-war period -- and the interpretation of her ideals through her children. The book lags, seems often stilted and heavy --until he treats of todays problems when it comes alive.