FAMILY SHOES by Noel Streatfield


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A large vicar's family in southeast London provide the feet for these ""shoes"" (see also Skating Shoes, Movie Shoes and Party Shoes). Again it is a long winding story with plenty of family gaiety and personal problems- the kind where fairness and self-fulfillment win out against various odds- from growing pains to economic instability- as Angus 8, Ginnie 10, Jane 12, and Paul 14, and their mother and father wrest happiness from their environment. The Rev. Mr. Bell has been semi-ostracized from his Scotch family for having gone into the ministry in the first place. Jane and Angus both want to study ballet at Sadler's Wells, but when rich relatives give Angus the chance- because he is a boy- young Ginnie's strong denunciation to Uncle Alfred's face is cold if humorous comfort for Jane. Paul considers foregoing medical school to help Jane- until she wins a scholarship; Ginnie gets straightened out over school troubles and sees her uncle's pride take a fall, and Angus dances merrily on until a present comes from Grandfather that they can really use. British- and satisfying.

Pub Date: Oct. 18th, 1954
Publisher: Random House