The Morrisons, a Story of Domestic Life

BY MRS. MARGARET HOSMER. New York: John Bradburn.
FULL of improbabilities, and becoming lurid with domestic tragedies at the end, this story has yet a sincerity and earnestness of Style that may entitle it to be called respectable, among the mass of American stories. Novels are being sold by the five thousand which have far less ability in characterization or in grouping. The persons remain in one’s memory as real individuals, which is saying a good deal ; the dialogue, though excessive in quantity, is neither tame nor flippant; and there is an attractive compactness in the plot, which is all comprised within one house in an unknown city. But this plot soon gets beyond the author’s grasp, nevertheless; she creates individualities, and can do nothing with them but kill them. The defects, however, are those of inexperience, the merits are the author’s own. The value of her next book will probably be in inverse ratio to the success of this : should this fail, she may come to something ; should this succeed, there is small hope for her.