If Old Pybus had been written by someone other than Warwick Deeping, the story could have dissolved into sentimental claptrap.
The Strange Case of Miss Annie Sprague is my top pick. . . . Second place on my list is a tie between Clarie Ambler by Booth Tarkington and All Kneeling by Anne Parish.
Christabel Craine is an attractive young woman with modest talent for writing and enormous talent for making people think she deserves to be worshiped….Like a Monet painting, the little bits of this Anne Parrish easy-reading novel add up to an insightful portrait.
If you can imagine a novel written by Alfred Hitchcock, you’ll understand the fascination of Louis Bromfield’s 1928 bestseller The Strange Case of Miss Annie Spragg.Bromfield increases the fascination of the story by his squeaky-clean presentation. Readers grasping for clues can’t be sure whether the sordid story they infer is in the material or in their own dirty minds.
Jalna reads as if it were written by someone whose day job is writing Cliff Notes. If there ever was any life in these characters or sense in the plot, it’s not here now.
Booth Tarkington makes Claire both a typical adolescent and a district person. Readers can — and will — laugh at Claire’s self-absorption. But they will realize long before she does that it’s not funny. . . . An inability to see other people as people, “not just something . . . to use,” is the root of most human misery.
Dot meets Eddie Collins at a dance. The first time they have sex, Eddie says he’ll take off work the next day and marry her. Within weeks she learns she’s pregnant with a child neither she nor Eddie is ready to have.