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Dear Enemy by Jean Webster
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Nov 29, 2010

really liked it
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Less well-known than Daddy Long-Legs, and not quite as good, but I'm glad I read this. Judy's college friend Sallie gets suckered into becoming the director of the asylum where Judy grew up, and of course discovers that she adores the kids and she finds new meaning in life by having honest work to do. She also falls in love with the cranky doctor -- an event that is less believable and charming than the romance in Daddy Long-Legs.

There is lots of odd stuff about eugenics in here, which is apt to make the modern reader very squeamish. It does make the book a fascinating period piece, though. And except for that content, Sallie's voice is so fresh and funny and candid that it's hard to believe this book is around 100 years old!

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