FICTION: Egotist

AN ARTIST IN THE FAMILY—Sarah Gertrude Millin—Boni & Liveright ($2.50). Every family likes to think that one of it's children will, some day, become a violinist, a poet or a painter. But if a child grows up and thinks himself a genius when he is really an ineffectual, then there is a fly in the cream pitcher, a tenuous tragedy. Put the ineffectual (Theo Bissaker) on a fruit farm in Verdriet, South Africa, make him physically unable to labor, give him a stupid wife whom he married as a sympathetic gesture and grew to despise—and the cream has indeed...