Other Literary Forms
Mary Lavin’s novel Gabriel Galloway was serialized in The Atlantic Monthly in 1944 and was later published as a book under another title, The House in Clewe Street (1945). The House in Clewe Street and the novel Mary O’Grady (1950, 1986) are a loosely connected series of episodes in family life, structured to dramatize the lives of family members over several generations. Without an overall unity, the novels lack direction and force; there are, however, numerous examples within the novels of the social mores and restrictive attitudes more artfully handled in the short stories. Lavin’s fine children’s stories, A Likely Story (1957) and The Second-Best Children in the World (1972), capture the imaginative life of children.