Books: No Tree

OUR OWN KIND (304 pp.)—Edward McSor/e/—Harper ($2.50).

Harper is advertising 44-year-old Edward McSorley's first novel as another Tree Grows in Brooklyn. The publisher is being very optimistic about it. McSorley's kind of people are like Betty Smith's, but perhaps only Betty Smith can make a Tree.

Author McSorley tells how a broth of a boy grows in Providence, where an Irish Catholic apparently can live and scarcely ever hear of Protestants. The boy's chief experiences involve neighborhood toughs, his jolly dollop of a grandfather, and his dog, an old party who dies under a cloud (after biting a neighbor's daughter). All concerned murder...

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