Polly Goodwin

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Zoa Sherburne has chosen an unusual and difficult theme for ["Jennifer," a] realistic teen-age novel and, handling it with discernment and taste, comes thru with flying colors…. [Primarily] it is the story of Jennifer's own problem—her fears that her mother may not have won her battle [with alcoholism], her reluctance...

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Zoa Sherburne has chosen an unusual and difficult theme for ["Jennifer," a] realistic teen-age novel and, handling it with discernment and taste, comes thru with flying colors…. [Primarily] it is the story of Jennifer's own problem—her fears that her mother may not have won her battle [with alcoholism], her reluctance to make friends and invite them to her home.

How Jennifer wins her own victory—surprisingly with her mother's help—and the family draws closer together in love and understanding is a moving story told with warmth and wisdom.

Polly Goodwin, in a review of "Jennifer," in Chicago Sunday Tribune Magazine of Books, April 5, 1959, p. 14.

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