Barbara Corcoran Beryl Reid - Essay

Beryl Reid

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

The story [of Promises to Keep] is concerned with [Lon's] response not only to the family he is meeting for the first time, but also—because of his Vietnamese heritage—to expressions of prejudice and bigotry on various levels. Although the theme is a serious one and the message comes through strongly, the story moves rapidly and at times with considerable lightness…. The picture of the insular community is well-drawn, and changing social attitudes are handled realistically.

Beryl Reid, "Stories for the Older Readers: 'Promises to Keep'," in The Horn Book Magazine (copyright © 1975 by the Horn Book, Inc., Boston), Vol. LI, No. 1, February, 1975, p. 55.

The Russian town of Samarkand provides a unique setting for this topical suspense yarn, [Meet Me at Tamerlane's Tomb]…. Corcoran's writing is smooth, and an underlying theme of Hardy's coming to grips with her inferiority complex strengthens the story, though the characterization of the credulous Mrs. Harlow is unconvincing. And of course Hardy and Andrew are remarkably level-headed under fire. Light, literate, if not particularly memorable mystery. (pp. 689-90)

"Children's Books: 'Meet Me at Tamerlane's Tomb'," in The Booklist (reprinted by permission of the American Library Association; copyright 1975 by the American Library Association), Vol. 71, No. 13, March 1, 1975, pp. 689-90.

One of the most touching and best books of this season, ["May I Cross Your Golden River?"] is one which will be read and remembered. It is a story of love, tried and not found wanting…. Jordan learns that he has but a short time to live…. The plot, based on Jordan's reaction and the behavior of his family and friends, is utterly convincing.

"Children's Books: 'May I Cross Your Golden River?'" in Publishers Weekly (reprinted from the November 10, 1975, issue of Publishers Weekly by permission of the critic; published by R. R. Bowker Company, a Xerox company; copyright © 1975 by Xerox Corporation), Vol. 208, No. 19, November 10, 1975, p. 55.