Books: The Southampton Story

LAND I HAVE CHOSEN—Ellin Berlin—Doubleday Doran ($2.50).

By any standard, Land I Have Chosen is a remarkable first novel. It is remarkable for: 1) its plot, a rigorous, old-fashioned narrative with beginning, middle and end; 2) its portrait of Anne Brooke, a well-meaning, attractive girl who begins as a Long Island debutante, ends as a Nazi sympathizer. But the book's chief interest is that it is the work of Mrs. Irving Berlin.

The Story. In 1928, at Southampton, L.I., Anne was in her element. She wore a short white dress, drove a blue car with red wheels, went to all the parties, sang,...

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