THE PRIDE OF THE PEACOCK by Ruth Chatterton

THE PRIDE OF THE PEACOCK

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A trio of voices for a marital-family story balances that of Jenny, from 15 up, with her mother's, Zan, and her father's, Jock, as they each mirror their feelings about the situation. Zan, gone for three years with her pianist-lover, returns and Jenny's world comes apart. For Jock, who would not allow divorce, is amenable, then capitulative until Zan again shows signs of too wide an interest. Zan's grandmother is the only disinterested spectator but even she cannot keep Jenny from hating her mother and doubting the security of marriage. Granny uses her love for Zan to try to make her cognizant of her responsibilities. When Jenny finds a beau and Jock a mistress for whom he wants marriage, it is Zan who is bankrupt and who with Granny Peacock's death is forced to learn to live with herself -- until another chance, which is also a challenge -- comes her way. The home territory well explored -- and worried -- for a market which can only be -- feminine.

Pub Date: Aug. 19th, 1954
Publisher: Doubleday