ONE FIERCE HOUR AND SWEET by Sophie Treadwell

ONE FIERCE HOUR AND SWEET

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Donna Gibbs has what seems like a perfect existence with a devoted husband, two little girls, a New England house and all the appliances- but she is ""lifesick"". This stress situation has become manifest when she attempts to jump from a ledge when asleep, and she turns to elderly, retired Doctor Morrow for help in her malaise. Doctor Morrow is a ready listening ear- to Donna's past, a childhood from a broken home after her mother left her father to tour the spiritual spas of Europe. Dr. Morrow is also a non-interventionist as she watches Donna now get involved with another man and plans to abandon her children, just as her mother had. But several drastic upsets (her lover sends her home, her friend next door suicides, her husband turns on her) steady her and help her to find her ""real self"" and serenity.... An extended emotional tour, the disturbance here never seems very real and it is cosseted with all kinds of sentimental psychological hanky-panky. This results in extreme reader fatigue- or as Doctor Morrow would say- job sickness.

Pub Date: Nov. 6th, 1959
Publisher: Appleton-Century-Crofts