Books: Novel of Character

THE WALSH GIRLS—Elizabeth Janeway—Doubleday, Doran ($2.50).

Helen Walsh was pretty, sensitive and warmhearted, and her sister Lydia, seven years older, was watchful, forthright and kind. Hackettston, Conn., where they lived with 9,174 other people much like themselves, was a quiet, ordinary, clean and well-kept town. George Peterson, who married Helen, was a solid businessman who flushed uncomfortably when he admitted his philosophy of life: "It's worth something just to hear the machines going till 5 o'clock again."

They were better people than they knew they were. Hackettston was a better place than its citizens...

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