Barbara Corcoran Peggy Sullivan - Essay

Peggy Sullivan

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

All of the soul searching in this disappointing teen-age novel [The Lifestyle of Robie Tuckerman] probes very little beyond the superficial…. The characters are not fully developed or realized, and the story lacks the depth and conviction of Corcoran's coauthored A Star to the North….

Peggy Sullivan, "Junior High Up: 'The Lifestyle of Robie Tuckerman'," in School Library Journal, an appendix to Library Journal (reprinted from the April, 1972 issue of School Library Journal, published by R. R. Bowker Co./A Xerox Corporation; copyright © 1972), Vol. 18, No. 8, April, 1972, p. 114.

Judith runs away from her Florida home and joins two friends in a cross-country drive to a Montana ghost town [in Don't Slam the Door When You Go]. But living off the land entails unforeseen difficulties and in the end Judith … is happy to be found by her 37-year-old sister, a nun…. Sister Angelica, a "new nun" who turns up in a pink linen suit, is merely a less familiar stereotype than Eric the vegetarian commune leader Judith loves briefly, or Edmund the 10-year-old drug orphan she befriends, or Hap the gun-hoarding, hippie-hating barber who exposes Eric's moral emptiness by shaving his head and beard one midnight at gunpoint. For Judith, then, a sober search for self among the facades of a too resolutely modern day Western.

"Older Fiction: 'Don't Slam the Door When You Go'," in Kirkus Reviews (copyright © 1972 The Kirkus Service, Inc.), Vol. XL, No. 13, July 1, 1972, p. 728.