BRIGHT PROMISE by Jan Nickerson


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The usual fare, set this time in the 1830's, at the start of the Industrial Revolution in America. Young women, restless to see more of the world and dissatisfied with the traditional woman's role, were being weaned away from home toward mill towns that promised social and intellectual freedom. Rhoda Bennett joins the ranks of the ""new"" girls, partly to escape an unwanted marriage, partly to help her brother finance his Harvard education, and partly to fill her own need for knowledge. This early period of the emancipated woman could be fascinating, but the story lacks conflict, and the characters haven't the vitality needed to raise the book above the run-of-these-mills.

Pub Date: April 26th, 1965
Publisher: Funk & Wagnalls