Alberta Eiseman

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A summer job in Mountcastle, the most exclusive section of town, was the fulfillment of a dream for Leeann Storm [protagonist of "The High White Wall"]. Ever since she could remember, the ivied wall surrounding this residential area had symbolized for her a secure, enviable way of life, and she had gladly escaped from her own overcrowded home…. Though she missed her family, Leeann had no trouble adjusting to the Kingsley's beautiful house, and enjoyed taking care of their two little girls and doing secretarial work for their older son Dirk…. She found that she was able to help Dirk make some difficult decisions, and that a lot of her own thinking needed to be rearranged, too.

An ambitious 18-year-old, anxious to get away from her own environment, does not always make a likable heroine, yet Mrs. Sherburne has penciled in her backgrounds skillfully, and has made the reader entirely sympathetic with Leeann's motives. All of which—unfortunately—made it doubly difficult for this reviewer to accept the sudden change in Leeann's values as she finds herself falling in love with Dirk.

Alberta Eiseman, "Escape," in The New York Times Book Review, February 3, 1957, p. 32.


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