FABIA by Olive Higgins Promty

FABIA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Report repeated from Page 214 of the April 15th bulletin, as follows: ""There's a definite echo of New Voyager, Olive Higgins Prouty's best-known book, in this new novel. Not only is this another Vale (no mention of the relationship of Fabia and Lisa Vale to that other Back Bay Boston family of Vales- but the suggestion is implicit in the name); but again there is the problem of an unhappy love affair, of a block set up by the family, of the resolution of a mother and daughter relationship. The resemblance ends there; the resolution of Fabia's story seems, in comparison, unconvincing and-at the close- contrived. But the emotional conflicts, the portrait of a girl, bound by conventions and traditions of good sportsmanship, the frustrations resulting from an affair with a married man, lived on an imaginative, fantasy level- all this is competently handled and much of the time holding reading. Fabia has gone in for nursing-and New York- as an escape from her broken engagement to Dan Regan, definitely not Back Bay Boston. She meets an older man, another doctor, falls in love with his like- to Dan- then with himself- and for seven years, lets her life revolve around snatched moments together. It taken exposure- and a ""managed"" series of shocks- to break off the affair and ultimately to send Fabia back to Dan."" Not up to her standard.

Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin