A SWEEP OF DUSK by William Kehoe


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Photo-phono-graphic, youthfully repetitive novel of the family conflicts of older and younger generations; of Dody, Curt and Ginnie and the solutions they found to their problems of escaping their mother's insistent harping on their submission and subservience to her ideals of respectability. Of Dody whose good time career ended in a childless marriage; of Ginnie who found Dody's path easy to follow; and especially of Curt and the torments of insecurity at home and in college in upper N.Y. state. Curt learned the hard many incident-strew way, to bolster his own independence; he found release in being able to conform to family, fraternity, sexual, career patterns -- until the death of his father and the coming of war caused shifts in two directions... A lost generation -- of the '40's this time-- aware of their possibilities but without the inner conviction and strength to develop them, and ignorant that the near future of war held all the answers. A certain static, monotone quality gives this a sincerity but deprives it of very wide appeal... A major Hopwood Fiction Award winner.

Pub Date: June 15th, 1945
Publisher: Dutton