Joy Munson, spoiled child of the small New England town's leading merchant, returns after her second divorce as Henry Munson's birthday and his 40th anniversary in his store are to be celebrated. Family opinions of Joy, bigoted and petty, filled with resentment, run high and loud, and form a solid background against which Joy's sincere and unbroken spirit shines, seeking only for true happiness, refusing to be caught in the quagmire of convention. Told in a group of chatty stream of consciousness vignettes, the story is palatable, but as the lush melodrama evolves, the emotional atmosphere gets a bit too thick, and one yearns for a clearing of the air, and greater simplicity. Lewisohn, once again, is advocate for the defense. Rentals-women.