Books: East-West Child

ELEPHANT HILL (245 pp.)—Robin White —Harper ($3.50).

When Beth Sumner goes to India from the U.S. to stay with her sister, who is married to an American medical missionary, she walks right into an East-West fracas. Beth finds the gate to the mission compound barred by wire and empty oil drums, with Indian pickets waving slogans —MISSIONARIES GO HOME. Her sister and brother-in-law tell the story behind the commotion. Eight years before, they adopted an unwanted, illegitimate Indian infant and raised him as one of their own family. Now the Indian father, a merchant, is demanding him back, and missionaries and merchants...

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