Winter 1960 • Vol. XXII No. 1 Book ReviewsJanuary 1, 1960 |

Once over Lightly: Happy Families Are All Alike

A section of brief reviews of books by Kenyon Review contributors or associates. Happy Families Are All Alike by Peter Taylor. McDowell, Obolensky. $3.95. In this collection, more than in any of the previous three books of stories, Peter Taylor manages to convince that he has found a short-story form that is exclusively his own. His technique, at its best, is so carefully camouflaged as to be almost imperceptible. In such stories as1939, for example, the narrative seems to be hardly more than a shapeless reminiscence of college days told with that excess of nostalgic detail so dear to the hearts of New Yorker editors and readers. Yet a closer look shows that many of these pressed flowers have made a real—even though inferential—contribution to the main design. Along with a mastery of craft goes an uncanny ability to find, and to reveal, the half-concealed or deeply-buried motives of his characters. In this respect, the last story in the book, Heads of Houses, is a kin

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