Fiction: Recent Books: Nov. 30, 1936

JILL SOMERSET—Alec Waugh—Farrar & Rinehart ($2.50). Rambling story of a middle-class English girl, who avoids the political conflicts that split her family, the moral chaos that engulfs her sister, keeps herself occupied raising three children and fighting off rivals for her husband.

THE RETURN OF THE WEED—Paul Horgan—Harper ($2). A cycle of six lyric short stories dealing with the tenants of some desolate New Mexican ruins—an abandoned mission, a crumbling hacienda, deserted farm houses, a filling station— making a slight but effective book, well-illustrated with lithographs by Peter Kurd.

THE SHIPBUILDERS—George Blake—Lippincott ($2.50). Well-knit...

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