MRS. COOPER'S BOARDINGHOUSE by Joan Lindau

MRS. COOPER'S BOARDINGHOUSE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Sentiment unbound--but nicely handled indeed. Kathleen ""Kat"" Howard is ten in 1944; her older brother Andy is off in the war; her dad's a family doctor in a little Missouri town; and Kat is determined to make enough money over the summer to finance her trip to St. Louis and the World Series, a Series that she knows will be played between the Cardinals and the Browns. The summer job she finds is to work in the boardinghouse owned by 74-year-old, reclusive Mrs. Cooper (whose real name is Addle Dupre). Why has Addie/Mrs. Cooper stayed in her room all these many years? If anyone can find out, it's Kat--open of heart, lacking prejudice, artistic, independent, curious, all attributes designed to make the old woman take her in as a friend. Addle, Kat discovers, is a secret painter, a very good one, once Paris-trained in fact; but also in her past is a lesbian love-affair with the beautiful Thea. Addie has bricked that all up, you see, until Kat comes along to get the old gal talking and living again. The duo of Kat's sunny nature and Addie's warmth and generosity (so long untapped) is what gives the book its obvious but definite charm. It's very small, unambitious, but the aim is good and the heartstring-tugging is legitimate--all in all, a nice little novel.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1980
Publisher: McGraw-Hill