Jane Cobb

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[In] "Jumping Jupiter," Mrs. Carey has turned her attention away from her fabulous family and brought it to bear on retail merchandising, a field which she regards with absolutely no good nature whatsoever. O. Henry's half-starved little shop girls were living the life of Riley, compared with Kay Linsey, buyer for the toy department at Joyce's….

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Ultimately things turn out well for Kay. The roseate ending may be a little improbable, but the reader is glad of it anyway.

Jane Cobb, "Everybody Got Her Goat," in The New York Times Book Review (© 1952 by The New York Times Company; reprinted by permission), January 27, 1952, p. 4.

["Jumping Jupiter" is a] dowdy tale of romance and salesmanship in the toy department of a Fifth Avenue store. Mrs. Carey's dialogue creaks with effort, and her characters' attempts to deliver their lines with humor, while worrying all the time about keeping their jobs, create an effect that is too grisly to be entertaining but not grisly enough to be interesting.

"Briefly Noted: 'Jumping Jupiter'," in The New Yorker (© 1952 by The New Yorker Magazine, Inc.), Vol. XXVII, No. 51, February 2, 1952, p. 76.

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