Books: Small-Town

Small-Town

THE SURRY FAMILY—Helen R. Hull*—Macmillan ($2).

The sins of a small-minded, small-town father and mother visited upon children of inherited sensitivity, constitute no original motif. The stupid marriage and wry resignation of the son, the wary adventures in friendship and moderately happy marriage of the daughter, are not particularly gripping developments. The validity of such a story depends on the extent to which the author can invest mediocre personalities with, not alone human naturalness, but significant human naturalness. By that token, these Surrys are only...

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