THESE ITEMS OF DESIRE by Louis A. Brennan

THESE ITEMS OF DESIRE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A first novel pursues some ingrown family relationships and the emotional emancipation of Mid McArdle with greater assiduity than subtlety, and in a juggernaut of undisciplined prose follows a girl's unhappy but equally undisciplined search for security in the right man. For Mid is not only the victim of her father, Al, and his cold relationship with his wife which contributes to her death, but also of her sister Harriet and her humiliation of her husband. An unwanted child, Mid is still unwanted at twenty odd and looks for her answer to loneliness in Wayne Wertz, who sullies her; in Gil Vance who loves her and leaves her; in Jeff, her brother-in-law, whose suffering at her sister's hands attracts an affection it might not have otherwise; and finally in Dave, whose likeness to her father prompts a first recoil- a later acceptance....Her mother's cancer, her father's affair with another woman, her closest friend's forced marriage to a man who could not possibly have fathered her child- all contribute to a general atmosphere of wild despair which- when you get right down to it- is not much more than the ferment of sex.

Pub Date: April 20th, 1953
Publisher: Random House