Character studies are top 1927 bestseller list novels

Readers will still find entertainment in the 1927 bestsellers, but not much besides entertainment. There’s not one of the novels whose plot I can recall beyond a sentence summary, even though I enjoyed all of them but one of them when I read them. Despite their less than memorable plots, three of the bestsellers are […]

A Good Woman skewers Christian humbug

Emma Downes is a good woman. Deserted by her husband, she started a business, supported herself, raised their son, now a missionary in Africa, and became a force to be reckoned with in her church. A Good Woman by Louis Bromfield Frederick A. Stokes, 1927. 432 pp. 1927 bestseller #10. My grade: A. When natives […]

To-morrow Morning examines time and opportunity

When Kate Starr leaves art school to marry handsome Joseph Green, she plans to go on with her painting. Though they are poor, Joe with his financial ability and social skills is destined for great things. To-morrow Morning by Anne Parish Harper & Brothers, 1927. 305 pp. 1927 bestseller #8. My grade:B+. Before long Joe […]

Twilight Sleep will jolt you awake

Until chapter 32, Twilight Sleep is an amusing, satirical tale of an well-heeled family in New York City in the roaring twenties. Pauline Munford fills her life with activities to improve herself and her world — a world from which she keeps herself well insulated. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton D. Appleton, 1927. 373 pp. […]

Lost Ecstasy shows the Old West’s ugly underside

  Mary Roberts Rinehart’s Lost Ecstasy turns the romance of the Old West on its head. Handsome cowboy Tom McNeil can ride, rope, and sing baritone. Lost Ecstasy by Mary Roberts Rinehart. Doran, 1927. 372 pp. 1927 bestseller # 6. My Grade: B-. His only flaws — binge drinking, womanizing, and using paper napkins— aren’t […]

Doomsday: Heritage and modernity at war and in love

Ex-soldier Arnold Furze has spent five years trying to bring Doomsday, a hillside farm, back to productivity. Arnold falls for the pretty daughter of one of his milk customers in the cheap residential development below his farm. Doomsday by Warwick Deeping Alfred A Knopf, 1927, 367 pp. 1927Bestseller #3 My grade B+. Mary Viner is […]