Norma Klein Ann A. Flowers - Essay

Ann A. Flowers

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

[Hiding] is well-titled, for hiding is the central idea in the plot and the key to the character of the heroine. Eighteen-year-old Krii Halliday has been an introvert all her life. She chooses to attend—instead of an American college—a ballet school in London, hoping to cover her self-consciousness by a costume and by what she assumes will be considered her foreign peculiarities…. Krii becomes involved almost unwillingly in a rather dreary love affair with Jonathan, a young English choreographer, and when he suddenly marries another girl because he is enraged at Krii's inability to express her feelings, she becomes even more secretive…. Realizing that she is too small to become a first-class ballet dancer and depressed by Jonathan's marriage, she returns home and impulsively hides for a week in the attic of her parents' house. Somewhat unconvincingly, the author uses this brief respite to give her the courage to return to the world, enter college, and fight her constant impulse to hide herself away. Her quiet, introspective personality, her cool observation, and her secretiveness seem real; and although her struggles to escape from herself are rather touching, they can be almost as irritating to the reader as they were to Jonathan. (pp. 629-30)

Ann A. Flowers, in a review of "Hiding," in The Horn Book Magazine, Vol. LII, No. 6, December, 1976, pp. 629-30.