READY OR NOT by Mary Stols
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The sixteenth year in the life of Morgan Connor, a poor girl of the New York Irish, receives realistic and many-sided treatment here in what almost amounts to another A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Morgan and her motherless family- subway driver father Dan, nine year old Ned and thirteen year old Julie- are aware of their own poverty, but happy and ready to make the best out of life. The year following their move to one of the East River developments sees the three childrens' growth at school and home, particularly Morgan's as she ponders about boys- sleazy Marty Banks who gives her a copy of Studs Lonigun, and then Tom, a Columbia student and local playground supervisor whom Ned befriends and brings home to supper; about the teachers in school who want her to think about beauty in literature and not in life; about keeping up with her contemporaries and the foolishness of putting on airs; and about Ned and Julie and her thoughtful, almost poetic father. The Connors' is not as easy life- there's tragedy in the death of a neighbor and the hopelessness of ever getting out of a rut- but the ending's bright: Tom and Morgan have their love, Ned and Julie are invited to summers in the country and Dan is more at peace. Not sordid in its plumbings but a warm narrative with laughter and tears and a wide market.

Pub Date: Nov. 10th, 1952
Publisher: Harper