Norma Klein Lucy Rosenthal - Essay

Lucy Rosenthal

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

What a winning novel Norma Klein has written—for young people of all ages and for free spirits everywhere. Reading Give Me One Good Reason—her first full-length adult novel—is like spending time in the company of an open-minded, tactful, decent, and generous friend….

Her output is an example of reciprocity between children's and adult literature. In Klein's children's books, her respect for her young readers is marked by her inclusion, in a fashion totally integral to the story, of preoccupations and materials which used to be the exclusive preserve of so-called adult novels: illegitimacy …, divorce or separation …, sexual intercourse between unmarried adults…. In Give Me One...

(The entire section is 760 words.)