The Mimosa Tree

The Mimosa Tree

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  • Hardback | 110 pages
  • 166.9 x 231.9 x 28.2mm | 788g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 019271404X
  • 9780192714046

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Chicago promises flush toilets and TV and no more run-ins with those hog-poisoning Critchers but for the Proffitts, suddenly "hillbillies," it is no Promised Land - Marvella must dream up a mimosa tree for her blind father in lieu of the trash and grime. Stepmother Zollie runs off, forsaking the four little boys too; the pledged government money never arrives: more promises broken. Looming are the "death and destruction" alley-brat Frank warns his epileptic friend Mario of - and scorning to wait around for another doctor, scorning what he would say, Mario, flailing, slavering, crashes against the curb and dies. Frank is lost too and, Marvella realizes, the Proffitts will be - ten-year-old Hugh is snatching purses with Frank, and, unemployable at fourteen, she joins them - if they don't "go back to where things and people are natural." And where the Critchers welcome them with open, laden arms. With the important exception of Mario's self-destruction, it reads more like an indictment of urban society (a swindler, a dope peddler, a Kitty Genovese killing, etc.) than a modulated, inner-motivated story of people - who, as staunch ciphers, are no match for the concrete, clamorous circumstances. This want of dimension doubles back: whereas one suffers for Mary Call Luther (and feels she would somehow have made her mark), one pities Marvella and Hugh and all the other foredoomed victims. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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