OWN WILDERNESS by N. Warner Hooke
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The last of the trilogy of Striplings and Close of Play brings the poignant drama of a brother and sister love to a tragic end. Engaging, amoral, spontaneous Biff and Netta, more and more interdependent, are adults now. Netta takes a job in a small English town, with a greengrocer's family, as governess to their small son. Biff works in a garage close by, until he gets a job with the grocer. Then life becomes tangled, for Ada, aged thirty and unmarried daughter of the Tumbull's, persuades Biff to marry her for a share in the business. It takes only a few hours to bring him to his senses -- and he and Netta go off together to their old home, and spend a year there. Netta comes to a realization of the dangers of their love -- and kills herself. And Biff, realizing that their tie is too potent for even death to break it, follows suit. It is a dangerous theme, but it is exquisitely handled. The first half is as provocative as ever, with an acute sense of satire, great vitality and emotional appeal. The last is poignantly beautiful. Not a book for everyone. 'Ware your choice of market.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1938
Publisher: Dutton