HOUSE OF MIRROR by Mona Coxhead
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There's a deft discernment here in this story of an egocentric rooming house landlady of outstanding but undisciplined talents, and the hold she sustains over her lonely tenants, the vicarious interest she asserts and inserts in their lives -- often disastrously. When Gloria abandons them temporarily as she imagines herself in love with a new English roomer who reminds her of her father (she has an insurmountable father complex), Ricci and Norman, the pianists- they have a homosexual relationship- find they can't practice without her; Rolfe, the singer, finds that his voice has gone dead; and Liz, the would-be model, reverts back to her gum-chewing, heels-run-over days. When Gloria's lover leaves, his eyes opened to her failings, Gloria somewhat unsuccessfully attempts to pick up the strings which weave her magic. Some fine writing here, and a subtlety and psychological perceptiveness more intensified than in her earlier books.

Pub Date: Oct. 23rd, 1950
Publisher: Dutton