A PRIDE OF PLACE by William P. McGivern


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Various situations, personal rather than professional, involve Ford Jackson, a lawyer, in the ""social astigmatism"" of his exclusive community, a small town in Darby County, Pennsylvania. While there's a certain amount of color blindness too (the admission of a Negro to a select girls' school), most of the book deals with one George Delucca's attempt to buy an old estate there opposed by the first families- Delucca is an Italian restaurateur, and Ford's own interest in a young Puerto Rican girl living in a trailer, Maris Ruiz. After various unpleasant incidents in the attempt to run Delucca out of town- Delucca leaves but takes Ford's sister-in-law with him and they find happiness together. Ford, following the directive of a priest, gives up Maria with whom he has fallen in love, and makes the best of a pleasant if meaningless marriage.... A woman's novel popularly disguises its liberal, social implications and is kept readable through its well bred, well kept decor and a smooth, professional control of several affiliated stories.

Pub Date: Sept. 24th, 1962
Publisher: Dodd, Mead