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L. R. Wright.

Toronto, Doubleday, c1982.
255pp, cloth, $19.95.
ISBN 0-385-176244.

Grades 11 and up.
Reviewed by Jean Farquharson.

Volume 12 Number 2
1984 March

When Sarah Griffin was seventeen and her sister Glynis was thirteen, their father died of an incurable illness. Sarah had always been Ted's favourite, and Ted could not let go when she had her first romance. His jealousy had resulted in Sarah's angry rejection. His illness and death interrupted this unresolved conflict, and Sarah believed that her father's presence was still accompanying her. Sarah faced a long and painful struggle before she could accept his death. The family's adjustment to this change in their lives required that Sarah, Margaret, and Glynis help each other and understand one another's internal conflicts.

In our study of the whole family, flashbacks take the reader to the period of Margaret and Ted's courtship and early marriage, Margaret's trying to become an actress, and then giving up her career to raise a family. Later when the girls are older, she briefly tries to resume her career against Ted's wishes. We see the strong relationship developing between Sarah and Ted and the resulting feelings that develop in the wife and younger daughter to balance the relationship.

This sensitive novel, written by L. R. Wright, herself an actress, journalist, wife, and mother, is well worth reading for the insights it reveals in family relationships, although explicit sexual scenes and occasional use of coarse language may limit its acceptance in some schools.

Jean Farquharson, Brantford C. I. & V. S., Brantford, ON.
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