Books: Reconstruction Romance

. . . AND TELL OF TIME—Laura Krey —Houghton Mifflin ($2.75).

Next to himself, a novelist's favorite subject is his family history. It is also a subject demanding exceptional talent. Thus, although family novels are among the most plentiful, a really good one—a Buddenbrooks or a Forsyte Saga—is rare. Run-of-the-mine family novels are likely to hold more interest for fellow members of the family than for strangers —a fault which is sometimes due to the fact that the family is dull, more often due to a writer's family discretion.

An interesting sample of the latter is . . . and Tell of...

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