Books: Smalltown

THE BRIDE'S HOUSE—Dawn Powell— ;Brentano ($2.50).

This is a book of women: a pair of spinsters, puttering and snickering into their neighbors' affairs; a country school teacher, sparse and feline, who soured with envy and wrecked a petty vengeance; Grandma Truelove who dozed in her chair, scorning the eternal sewing and child-bearing of women; Cecily, her daughter-in-law, a wiry little soul so neat of body and mind that she dreaded the thought of Aunt Lotta Truelove, a creature of passions who had had three husbands and as many children but neglected them all for theosophy. Specifically, Cecily hated Lotta because Sophie, daughter...

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