Books: In the Good Old Mothertime

OUR MOTHER'S HOUSE (286 pp.)—Julian Gloag—Simon & Schuster ($4.95).

Our Mother's House could be a sick novel in the tradition of those horror jingles which amused the Victorians, such as:

Little Willie, in the best of sashes,

Fell in the fire and was burned to ashes.

By and by the room grew chilly,

But no one liked to poke up Willie.

There are these seven children, living in a quiet suburban London street, and when mother dies, they do not tell anybody, but just quietly bury her in the back garden and carry on for a year or...

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