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The characters here bear a family resemblance to those in previous books -- Poor Cousin Evelvn, The Good For Nothing, etc. -- for the clannish Jewish circles are a for the downfall of Stanley Margolies. Stan's ability to avoid the truth, to gloss over unpleasantness and to live his pretenses, have created and maintained a position for him in his brother in law's shoe business. It is his nephew, Lester, out of the services and beginning his work with Fine Footwear, who questions Stanley's efficiency, suggests that he is no asset and who reluctantly permits his father to give Stanley one more chance to land a bigger order from Mrs. Havermeyer; at the firm's showing of new styles. Stanley's campaign wins, not only the order but Mrs. Havermeyer; however Stanley again reallity and walks out on her. Her retaliation in cancelling her order is the finish of Stanley and he carries his imaginary world with him into his days of penny pinching retirement. The distortion in a rosy mirror here reveals a weak, amiable innocent, whose fats is controlled by those more aggressive, with pity and sympathy.

Pub Date: Aug. 17th, 1962
Publisher: Random House