Not an easy book to estimate. An exquisite epic of motherhood, deeply spiritual, utterly simple. The outpouring of a Russian woman, exiled from her home, and giving expression, in this form, to her hopes and ambitions and ideals for her son, Sandrik. It is the saga of the family in their struggles from direst poverty in an exile camp on lemnos to the home which formed the center of the Russian home industries on the Riviera. There is no attempt to dramatize the situation -- simply an acceptance of fate and a determination to pull out of the depths into which they have been thrust. There is an introduction by Grand Duke Alexander, godfather to the boy, and close friend to the parents. Edited by Frank Scully. What is its appeal? Possibly that of Twenty Years a-Growing.