IF I COME HOME by Nellise Child


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A far cry from her previous novel, Wolf on the Fold, for this is a love story, taut, moving, played out in extremes. Brooks who has lots of money, and Tony, straight ""dago"", young, proud, vulnerable and defeated by the depression which has denied him the right to work, marry. He insists that they go his way, live in a $3.00 room, on home relief, while her family sit back waiting for her to get over it, and even Tony is not convinced that it isn't just a game. But when the baby is coming, Tony steps out of the picture to try to let her go home and have the baby as she might have it, in comfort. Brooks refuses, goes to the County Hospital ward, until finally, thinking he has wholly deserted her, she yields, puts herself in her family's hands, and allows them to push through a divorce. She sees Tony once again, just as he is to be drafted when he's determined that after the war he'll have a different sort of world. A holding story, though in retrospect, one wonders how genuine Brooks in since she did revert pretty easily to the gold standard.

Pub Date: Oct. 22nd, 1943
Publisher: Doubleday, Doran