LINDA'S HOMECOMING by Phyills Whitney
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The author of Willow Hill with her penetrating understanding of the problems of young people and her gift for projecting real characters, is concerned here with the problem of adjustment facing a young person on the re-marriage of one parent after the death of the other. Linda Hollis remembered her father with adoration and love. As native New Yorkers, together they had explored and loved the big city in spite of the preference of Linda's mother for the life of a small town. Two years after her father's death Linda's mother marries a man in a small town who has two children:- a girl Linda's age and a ten year old boy. When Linda is forced to come to Centerdale, she is bitter, angry and is conscious of the resentment of her step-brother and sister, her ""superiority"" in being a New Yorker in a small town, and the obvious comparison with the gay happy-hearted man her father was with the solemn, quiet step father. However, Linda begins to realize that no one can live as a self -sufficient entity, that there are responsibilities in human relationships which one cannot ignore demands from those who love you as well as those who are unhappy and trying to make adjustments too. The adapting of Linda and her new family is slow, involving amusing and almost tragic incidents but Linda's adjustment is natural and real to the reader. An intelligent, absorbing novel.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1950
Publisher: McKay