ISS BANNISTER'S GIRLS by Louise Tanner

ISS BANNISTER'S GIRLS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Twenty years have passed since Miss Bannister's School graduated the group of misfits who now come back for an alumnae luncheon. Most of the 17 products of gnarled old Miss Bannister's gnarled old pedagogic techniques (training the ""whole girl""... ""in poise and personality, in casting the voice, in theological speculations of a vaguely Episcopalian hue about the nature of the Holy Trinity"") returneth as prodigal as the day they left. Nancy Young, an ex-scholarship student and the only genuinely ""whole girl"" in the class, devotes a chapter to each: to good old ""Buffy"" who tied her French Nanny to the bedpost and yelled proxy rape; to Juliet ""Jojo"" Barton, who used to look like ""George Raft trying to be waiflike"" and has since adopted the insular ways of Lesbos; to Angelica Laidlaw-Plunket, called ""Plunky"", who was the victim of divorce New York style and habitually disappeared from the school yard, returning blindfolded in some relatives' limousine. There are more and Miss Tanner (Mrs. Patrick Dennis) handles each in the proud, epigrammatic, thoroughly sophisticated Dennis fashion. Her ""best"" is tantamount to Patrick's fair; but that's pretty funny anyhow.

Pub Date: July 11th, 1963
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Co.