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Last Updated on June 7, 2022, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 122

The story [in Morning Is a Long Time Coming] is predictable enough and so is the heroine's situation, but the novel is saved from banality by the effectiveness of the narrator's technique. By telling the story in the first person the novelist succeeds admirably. The story could have become over-burdened with the bitterness and the adolescent preoccupations of a very unhappy young woman. It does not.

The author also succeeds in mimicking the speech of a nineteen year old. As a result the story is quite realistic and not overly melodramatic. The reader cannot help but empathize with the alienation of the heroine.

Kevin Wilson, in a review of "Morning Is a Long Time Coming," in Best Sellers, Vol. 38, No. 9, December, 1978, p. 291.

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