A STREETFUL OF PEOPLE by Winston M. Estes

A STREETFUL OF PEOPLE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This takes place in the same pre-Depression, small-town Texas of Mr. Estes' Another Part of the House (1970), but there's not a cloud in the sky this time -- just Carl Sandburg's ""streetful of people buying clothes and groceries, cheering a hero or throwing confetti. . . ."" Perhaps at the San Jacinto Parade which beleaguered Purdy Robinson (he's Hardware) is asked to stage and in which Rhoda, the madam of the Eat'n Rest Inn, insists on publicly participating. Or remember when Willis Shumaker (Plumbing), the most civic minded and uppest-standing man in town, resigned from the Rotary Club? Or how about the day Judge Crawford went to greet the Governor of the Lone Star state, sonorously sloshed. . . or the disaster of Myrtle McAfee Dunlap's ""cultural refreshment,"" a recital. Mr. Estes in his congenially open-faced fashion strings together these episodes and there's not an artifact out of place whether it's BVD's or that Faith Baldwin serial. You like to think of it as a time when everything was copacetic, remembered in such a way that it still is.

Pub Date: March 27th, 1972
Publisher: Lippincott