THE MOVING STAIRS by Paul Pickrel

THE MOVING STAIRS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A first novel, this gently touches on the compromise of young ambitions to reality, achieves an individuality of place and character with only minor narrative action. This is the story of three proteges of the town's wealthiest spinster, Miss Dickerson, and particularly the story of Patricia, to whom she had given the incentive to paint. With her death, Patricia's hopes of art school are defeated; her friendship with another of the trio, Loren, is broken, and Loren's hopes of being a writer are crushed by his marriage to the tearfully demanding Ernestine. Courted by Andy, a farm boy, Patricia gives up her artistic aspirations and decides to marry him...There's an engaging quality in the individual portraiture, but it's insubstantial for a wide market.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1948
Publisher: Harper