Books: Social Notes

PERSONALS—Eleanor DeLamater—Farrar & Rinehart ($2)*

Every small-town paper (not to mention metropolitan dailies) runs a column of personal items, a bald list of local names and picayune events that mean nothing to the outside reader, may mean a lot to knowing fellow-townspeople. Author DeLamater takes a typical column from the "Steepleton Weekly News," makes each item the text for a chapter about the people concerned. By the time she has finished the column she has expanded it into a novel.

In the little seaside village of Steepleton the Brittons were the big family. But...

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