THE PLUM THICKET by Janice Holt Giles

THE PLUM THICKET

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The happy- and unhappy- events of a summer spent in the Arkansas home of her grandmother's, the I-remember here is Katie's, as at eight, she is all eyes and ears in the drama which ends in tragedy. And while the round of local activities- baseball games and band practice- a Negro revival and baptism- all have their excitement, Katie follows her favorite Aunt Maggie- as she wavers between Adam, whom she was to marry, and the new young doctor, Jim, with an uneasy curiosity. For, against the steady devotion of Adam, Jim offers the attractions of the world beyond this small village, and the bitter nostalgia for the life he might have had as a musician. But it is Lulie, their pretty, Negro servant girl who is the real victim of Jim's weakness and slow dissolution- and her pregnancy prompts the double tragedy with which more than just a summer ends.... A leisurely, likable story which is fully fashioned for a woman's audience- rentals certainly, and some sales.

Pub Date: Aug. 26th, 1954
ISBN: 0813108594
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin