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 to make friends and invite them to her home.

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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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