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Four-Party Line

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  11 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
198 pages
Published 1954 by Macrae Smith Company
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Feb 02, 2016 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, 1910s-1950s
As ever, Gilman (Butters) delivers a well-written story with three-dimensional characters and situations that elevate it above the candyfloss variety of "malt shop" teen read (granted, those are fun sometimes!) In this story, the four protagonists are all about 17/18 and have jobs as telephone operators (this, in itself, I found fascinating from a historical perspective! And how they lamented that the jobs would soon go away with the arrival of the new-fangled dial phones; what would they think ...more
May 21, 2014 Julia rated it really liked it
Recommended to Julia by: Mary. A fellow Mrs.Pollifax fan who decided to find and read all of Gilman's books!
Well, I was pleasantly surprised that for a book written in 1954, the four young women in this story were very independent and forward thinking gals. All are operators at the local phone company, and from vastly different backgrounds. One is even a young married, working opposite her new husband, since they have a three month old baby. The town Markham seems to be big enough to have its' share of class and emotional strife. Whether being accepted at Wellesley, or trying to move up and out of pov ...more
Apr 02, 2016 Dianna rated it it was amazing
Wow! I was pleasantly surprised by the depth and craft of this vintage read. And of course I loved the details of what telephone operators did, and what they wore, and where they lived, and how they got around.
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Author Dorothy Gilman Butters wrote children's stories for more than ten years, before she switched to writing adult novels under the name Dorothy Gilman . She is most well-known for the Mrs. Pollifax series about a woman in her '60s who chooses to become a spy.

Gilman attended Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1940–1945 and the University of Pennsylvania 1963–1964.

Gilman is a Unitarian Univer
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