JENNIFER by Zoa Sherburne


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The anxiety caused by an alcoholic mother obsesses teen-age Jennifer when her family leaves New York and moves to Seattle. Always on guardfor signs of an impending binge, it is difficult for the timid girl really to integrate into the new community until friendship overpowers fear and her mother, aided by Alcoholics Anonymous, proves that she has learned to control herself. Within the framework of ""a girl grows up"" novel, Zoa Sherburne, author of The High White Wall and Almost April touches on two painful subjects--the death of a child and alcoholism, both of which exist as real or potential problems in many American homes, and both of which are met here with understanding and compassion. Unfortunately, the novel partially manages to skirt the essential problem by taking up the life of the family after a cure has been effected, thereby losing some of the real force of the dilemma.

Pub Date: Feb. 25th, 1959
Publisher: Morrow