Barbara Corcoran Diane Gersoni-Stavn - Essay

Diane Gersoni-Stavn

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Barbara Corcoran's latest [Don't Slam the Door When You Go] is certainly not her best—it's a preachy story of three teen-age girls who run away to Montana…. One interesting, gratifyingly realistic twist is that the boy Judith yens for doesn't fall for her beautiful soul but instead succumbs to Flower's more obvious charms. It's also refreshing to encounter a fictional 10-year-old who curses like real 10-year-old boys. And, Corcoran does her usual good job of describing the Montana landscape. Still, the story is laden with obtrusive messages—it's good to live your own life while remaining tolerant of other life styles; it's bad to be materialistic and to take drugs, etc.—and most of the characters are stereotypes.

Diane Gersoni-Stavn, "The Book Review: 'Don't Slam the Door When You Go'," in School Library Journal, an appendix to Library Journal (reprinted from the October, 1972 issue of School Library Journal, published by R. R. Bowker Co./A Xerox Corporation; copyright © 1972), Vol. 19, No. 2, October, 1972, p. 117.

Fourteen in 1910, David has a summer job working beside grown men in the shipyard, along with other responsibilities he takes over from his unreliable father [in All the Summer Voices]…. But the painful father-son friction is eased a bit when Papa is talked into buying a used Model T to replace the aging horse that draws his taxi, and the two achieve at least a temporary rapport after David is accidentally knocked unconscious and into the water at a ship launching and Dad fishes him out…. An occasional tight lip would have made David's mother—a totally supportive, uncomplaining wife—more believably sub-seraphic; with David himself, however—both understandably resentful and youthfully self-righteous—it is easy to emphathize, and the textures of life in 1910 Essex, Massachusetts, are an integral, enriching part of his story.

"Young Adult Fiction: 'All the Summer Voices'," in Kirkus Reviews (copryight © 1973 The Kirkus Service, Inc.), Vol. XLI, No. 13, July 1, 1973, p. 691.