FABIA by Olive Higgins Prouty


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There's definite echo of Olive Higgins Prouty's best-known book, in this new novel. Not only in this another Vale (no mention of the relationship of Fabia and Lisa Vale to that other Back Bay Boston family of Valen-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 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 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 -- an escape from her broken engagement to Dan Regan, definitely Back Bay Boston. She meets an older man, another doctor, falls in love with his likeness to Dan-then with himself and for seven years, lets her life revolve around snatched moments together. It takes exposure- and a ""managed"" series of shocks- to break off the and ultimately to send Fabia back to Dan.

Pub Date: June 19th, 1951
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin