THE TOWERS OF LOVE by Stephen Birmingham

THE TOWERS OF LOVE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Another in the blue blooded, blue chip genealogy which has included Young Mr. Keefe and the quite successful Barbara Greer, tells of Hugh Carey, 31, who comes home after dissolving his partnership in the advertising business and his marriage to Anne. Home is the castle in Connecticut, a local landmark built by his grandfather, where his parents and his younger sister, Pansy, are in residence, and his return coincides with that of Edrita Everett, the girl he had once loved who is ready to renew the romance. Youthful memories invade the present and help to create the illusion that very little has changed. Sandy, his mother (""the most effective woman since Lady Macbeth""-a later judgment) is still capricious, charming and amusing. But in the days to follow Hugh, perhaps too nice to have wondered or doubted before, cannot escape the realization of her crippling influence on his life, her interference now- in Pansy's- which results in Pansy's suicide, and the ruinous effects of her love which is closer to hate. Hugh, after a last scene and some terrible truthtelling, is finally free of her enfeebling effects and leaves.... While something less than literature, it's something more than high gloss entertainment.

Pub Date: Oct. 23rd, 1961
Publisher: Little, Brown