BOND OF THE FLESH by Rosamond Marshall


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No period costume piece this, but a modern tale in which the echoes of the past undress are found in the subplot about a symphomaniac minor and her love life, rather than in the studiedly restricted romance between Joanna Harper, throwback to her forebears whose strength helped build the nation, and Hal Garland, stalwart citizen of the town that bore his name, a generation older than Joanna. The region is not far from Chicago, in- perhaps- Michigan near Ann Arbor. The story revolves around Joanna's determination to pull herself out of the decay into which her family had descended, to get an education, to be a lawyer. But Mrs. Garland had resented her daughter's devotion to Joanna, and paid her back by giving the scholarship she had earned to a socially acceptable classmate. Joanna's bitter disappointment turned her against any that might help,- Hal Garland, who had known nothing of his wife's machinations -- even the spinster school-teacher, who later bridged the bitterness. Eventually even Hal found ways to help stubborn Joanna- and they learned to love each other, despite the obstacles. At the end it was Mrs. Garland's double-facedness about her youngest, sex-mad Jinn, and Joanna's helping hand that freed Hal from the shackles- only to find he could not cheat Joanna of her youth. This doesn't seem Rosamond Marshall's forte.

Pub Date: Nov. 13th, 1952
Publisher: Doubleday