Cops and Robbers, Jean Stafford, Motherlove

by Patti Abbott

A five year old’s gorgeous tawny hair is the source of family friction, especially when it is cut off. The youngest member of the family, she finds it hard to rise above her lowly station.
The child’s attention is derived from its beauty and she enjoys the hours it
provides with her mother’s attention. This is an eloquent story, reminding me of Stafford’s gifts. Her novel MOUNTAIN LION also is perceptive about the fate of children. #90 PA