THE PETRIFIED GESTURE by Mary Fanning Wickham

THE PETRIFIED GESTURE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In a fairly tremulous treatment, this commutes between Philadelphia and Charles, and to the magnolia-scented memories of the latter another Camille returns, knowing that she is soon to die. There she experiences a passionate affair with a young cousin, Louis Gironde, and returning to Philadelphia, executes her large estate so that part of it will establish a research station which Louis will head up. Summoned to Philadelphia, Louis, a free spirit- emotionally, occupationally, jeopardizes his new post and falls in love with Lucy, who had until then refused to marry Henry, Camille's nephew. But although attracted to Louis, Lucy soon recognizes his instability, recognizes Henry's more solid values, while Camille returns to Charleston to die alone. Watch out for soft shoulders.

Pub Date: Jan. 3rd, 1950
Publisher: Lippincott