New York: D. Appleton-Century Company. Very Good. 1941. First Edition. Hardcover. (no dust jacket) [good sound copy, lightly shelfworn, spine slightly turned, spine cloth somewhat faded, small red stain on front cover]. Late novel (her next-to-last published work, I believe) by this California author, who I think of as the anti-John Steinbeck due to her previous book, "Of Human Hearts" (1939), which was written as a rebuttal to "The Grapes of Wrath" and presented a sympathetic view of California's ranchers and fruit growers. Married to a California State Senator, she herself was also active in Republican political circles. This book is a romantic/adventure novel about a spinsterish young librarian from New England who travels to Mexico with her frivolous aunt on a "study tour" sponsored by a business and professional women's organization, and finds herself the object of amorous pursuit by a famous radio comedian, an American doctor, and a "dashing Mexican patriot." A contemporary review notes that "riots and kidnapping were some of the excitements that overtook the little librarian"; the same reviewer also complimented the author for her high opinion of the "natives and their mountain background." . (Inventory #: 24493)
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