Books: Calculated Climbing

How a Girl Got Over Being "Small Town"

The Story. This is the true story* of Cinderella, how she grew in the smoky Midland† town, full of belching mills and little people, how she took a husband as a stepping-stone to Manhattan, how she buried him as a stepping-stone to Paris, how she made several people her stepping-stones to fame as a pianist, and then, after a little experimenting, how she found she had nowhere else to step.

Its theme is its title: Possession. Ellen Tolliver would not let...

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