IN THE PINK by Mildred Spurrier Topp


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There's plenty of get-up-and-gallop to the further experiences of Mrs. Spurrier and her family when they live through a turbulent year in Greenwood, Miss., in 1908. It is Grandpa White who sometimes joins battle -- whether it be on the question of a painting donated by Mr. Goldstein to the Church (is it Grant, Jackson or Santa Anna?); of impressing, to a sudden fare-you-well, two mystified Union comrades on a visit; or in seeing through Mr. Phinney who is bringing culture to ""Our Fair City"". Then again it might be Miss Tempe, who, when her husband elopes with a waitress, takes the girl's three children to live with her, thereby not only confounding smug society but also learning courage from the boy and earning Mrs. Spurrier's backing in a new way of life. Or maybe it is Aunt Gertie, whose Yoga exercises landed her in almost unextricable contortions in Niagara Falls; or perhaps it is the raising of money for the Monument, or the heroism of the town's tough man who found that Christmas could be happy without a drink, or Miss Madge whose brood of children turns any event into a cataclysm. Any way you look at it, the laissez-faire attitude toward various hot potatoes adds up to a somewhat magnified vision of a southern community, in part sentiment, part humor, part amplified local lore that produces a smiling, rather than a laughing, total.

Pub Date: Sept. 5th, 1950
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin