UPSIDE DOWN IN THE MAGNOLIA TREE by Mary Bancroft

UPSIDE DOWN IN THE MAGNOLIA TREE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An amiable, leisurely childhood reflection which pursues an ambient course around Cambridge, Massachusetts at the turn of the century, accomplishes little beyond its period and character drawing. The childhood is Cathy's, as she is brought up by her grandmother- Mrs. Dana, an imposing and substantial woman with two implacable prejudices- the Irish and the Catholics. These she had not yielded in the face of her favorite son's marriage to Agnes, both Irish and Catholic, but Agnes' death- shortly after Kathy's birth- enabled Mrs. Dana to ignore the unfortunate affiliation. Kathy's sustained friendship with Nolan, the gardener; her father's remarriage to a woman she disliked; a trip to Europe; some insubordinate school experiences and the increasing pressure of popularity; her grandfather's death- this brings to a close this pattern of a time and a place, largely dominated by the voluminous dimensions and opinions of Mrs. Dana... Unincisive.

Pub Date: April 28th, 1952
Publisher: Little, Brown