Books: Bitter Almonds

THE ALMOND TREE-Grace Zaring Stone-Bobbs-Merrttl ($2.50).* When middle-aged but still lovely Leda, newly widowed & impoverished, brought her only daughter Marise back to the U. S. to try to live economically, she thought she had nothing to look forward to. Her formidable spinster sister, a little-seen portent in Washington society, took them in with unenthusiastic, sisterly hospitality. Marise was 16, knew nothing about her native country, was pleasingly thrilled when she got a job in an interior decorator's office. Leda made no move to look up old friends; sat in the...

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