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David Helwig.

Toronto, General Publishing, c1979, 1982.
179pp, paper, $3.95.
ISBN 0-7736-7027-0.

Grades 12 and up.
Reviewed by Joan VanSickle.

Volume 11 Number 1.
1983 January.

Jennifer is a portrait of an independent, yet vulnerable woman. Divorced, middle-aged, and living in a small city (Kingston), she reaches a stage in her pattern of responsibilities and longings at which she is required to make substantial changes in her life.

The material in the novel is of a mature nature. It is handled openly and decently, illustrating a family situation which deviates from the traditional model. Loyalties, values, and standards, for Jennifer, are shifting. The narrative style encourages the reader to evaluate her situation and to become involved in her decisions.

As an adjunct to The Stone Angel and other women's novels, Jennifer presents another facet of a woman's survival skills. It is recommended for senior studies in literature or family studies.

Joan VanSickle Heaton, Sydenham H. S., Sydenham, ON.
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