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The Fierce Dispute

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The success of ". . . And Ladies of the Club" has prompted reissue of the author's earlier works. This novel, her second, was originally published in 1929 and the years have not been kind. Dated in form and content, it is what was once called a "woman's book," but a contemporary audience will find its simple sentimentality tame.

In the Ohio town familiar to readers of Sant
Hardcover, 218 pages
Published December 31st 1987 by St. Martin's Press (first published November 1987)
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Mar 14, 2011 Karyl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always, Helen Hooven Santmyer describes a long-ago world (even longer than she intended, as this book was published 80-odd years ago) in beautiful detail. In this novel, Lucy Ann lives in seclusion, away from the rest of the town, with her mother and grandmother who have engaged in a fierce tug-of-war over her. Lucy Ann's imagination is formidable; she conjures up her grandmother's playmates as her own, and watches from the sidelines as they play in her imagination, all the games that her ...more
Mar 14, 2011 Katrina rated it it was ok
I loved "...And Ladies of the Club" a few years ago (it took me all of one summer to read!) and have since read a couple other of Santmyer's books. None of them have been as good or compelling as the first, but since I have this one I thought I may as well read it. So far, so good.

Additional note: I finally finished it and am glad I did, though I can't see myself ever reading it again. It's pretty pessimistic all the way through until the last chapter or two, so I was pleasantly surprised that i
Apr 14, 2014 Ann rated it did not like it
I picked this book because od the wonderful "....and theLadies of the club" that I read years ago and loved. This was a bit of a letdown. This was one of the author's early books. Written in the 1920's, it was out of print for 60 years , the re-released after "....and the Ladies of the Club". The characters and situations are unbeleivable. (One character has TB, yet no precautions are taken, even by thedoctor who declares his love ( after several brief encounters)
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Helen Hooven Santmyer was born in 1895 and lived in Xenia, Ohio. In addition to her career as a writer, she worked as an English professor, a dean of women, and a librarian.She was 87 when her novel "And Ladies of the Club" was published as a Book of the Month, and passed away at the age of 90 in February of 1986.She was inducted into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame in 1996
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