Books: Life in Death

THE STORY OF GABRIELLE (118 pp.)—Catherine Gabrielson—World ($2.75).

This affecting book shows how difficult it is to break the human spirit—whether that of a little girl dying of cancer or of the mother who must watch her die. Until 1951 the Gabrielsons were a happy, quiet, literate family with two precocious children, an apartment in Manhattan and a cottage on Cape Cod. They found their fun in intellectual games and artistic hobbies, their deepest satisfactions in each other and in friends.

Their testing came in December, 1951, when nine-year-old Gabrielle, "a long-legged, sun-kissed...

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