House of Vanished Splendor won a small but enthusiastic coterie of readers. Tap that market if you can reach it for this, his first novel since that one. Again a story of the Middle West better orientated, better constructed than the earlier book. There's a certain symbolic quality in the ""Elm Street"" -- standing as it does for the different racial elements, the different social backgrounds that combine, in one generation, to stand for community of interest and the first roots of the capitalistic class. Entirely aside from its wider significance, it is a good story of a small group in an average small town -- good Americana. In spite of successive disruptions of the conventions, there is a general sense of a conservative viewpoint on the moral code.