Books: Hoosier Melodrama

THE WITCH DIGGERS (441 pp.) ­ Jessamyn West ­ Harcourt, Brace ($3.50).

An Indiana county poor farm swarming with moronic Peeping Toms, addlebrained paupers and unmarried mothers might not be the cheeriest place to spend Christmas, but Superintendent Link Conboy and his family had to make the best of it. And the best of it, as the superintendent saw it, was daughter Gate's romance with the young insurance salesman who had come down from Indianapolis to spend the holidays with the Conboy family. Wife Lib made popcorn balls, daughter Cate decked out the...

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