THE LANCELOT CLOSES AT FIVE by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat


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Whether Sharmat meant it this way or not, any notion that suburban living means diluted experience will only be confirmed by her story of Abby's move from Brooklyn to a development called Camelot, where her new friend Hutch's wildest idea of adventure is an overnight stay in the ""Lancelot"" model home. What's more, the whole school and town are buzzing for days over the candy wrappers, mussed bedspread and used tooth brushes that the two girls leave behind. It's hard, though, for readers to be similarly intrigued, especially as not much more happens except that when Hutch tries to take credit for the now famous exploit, she's lost in a flurry of competing claims. Sharmat throws in some remarks about friendship and in the end she tries for some psychological heft by having Abby attribute Hutch's greed for recognition to her being ""squashed"" by a ""scorecard mother""--but this is too indifferently tacked on, just as the sociological observations about neighbors and builders are too indifferently aimed, to energize this pathetically tepid adventure.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1976
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Macmillan