HOLD BACK THE DAWN by Ketti Frings
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This is a first novel, showing real promise. It might be termed a by-product of a refugee -- ridden world, a simple and touching story of a group of exiles over the Mexican border in Tiajuana, waiting for admission to the United States. The central figures are Klaus and Jennifer, -- Klaus a big, innocent, happy optimist, Jennifer, an American, working during the week in Hollywood and commuting for week-ends to Klaus in Tiajuana. Then there are two Poles, a stranded German girl, deserted by her American lover, and others. A shyster lawyer, slow-moving consuls and politicians, false promises -- it is a picture existing in many places, the world over today, but none the less a moving story of tragedy in the lives of little people who have nothing left to fight with, of courage and persistence which eventually wins through. Martha Gelhorn type of thing, with more tenderness.

Pub Date: Sept. 26th, 1940
Publisher: Duell, Sloan & Pearce