Runner up in the Harper prize novel contest, I understand --and at risk of seeming contradictory, I acknowledge to thinking it a finer book, and a book of more lasting merit than the prize winner. The material is not so untouched -- but rarely has the ""poor white"" of the Carolinas found so sympathetic and just a portrayer as in Paul Green. And the character of Alvin Barnes, the one member of the brood that did not carry on the father's shiftlessness and good-for-nothingness, is convincingly built, on sound foundations. Interwoven through the threads of the story is the all-pervading love of the land, and belief in the power it would give him, which played its part in Alvin's undoing. A book for the market of Marjorie Rawlings, Caroline Miller, etc.