Double Wedding Ring

"Miss Lawrence . . . this time studies a middle-class woman who is also middle-aged. In her early 50s, Minnie Fearing finds that her life problems have by no means decreased, they have merely changed in character. She is forced by circumstances to play many roles.

"Her husband is insistent that she take things easy, now that her five children are no longer with her. . . . Her two sons . . . are married, and the relationship between the daughters-in-law and Mrs. Fearing is not too cordial. She has an aged mother, whom her children cheerfully neglect. To complicate matters, her husband takes a last fling at romance . . . Even worse is a dreadful tragedy when the son who had gone to war and returned finds he can't endure the burdens that his absence and his return have laid upon him. . . .

"All of this Miss Lawrence sees with an observant and a pitying eye, and transforms into a fictional commentary on our times and on human existence. Her story will be read with pleasure for itself and for its wisdom in interpreting both the joys and the ills that mere living brings."

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