By RANDOM HOUSE
THIS novel received the Avery Hopwood Award this year, and may therefore be viewed as a sample of what the young novelist is doing. One must be impressed by both the honesty and articulateness of young women nowadays, as well as by their proficiency in writing; and this remark applies to many novels that have received no prizes.Nearer the Earth is the hie of a girl from her eleventh to her twenty-fourth year, during those 1920’s which are at present so fascinating to the younger writers—a good-looking, sensitive, romantic girl, whose gradual reconciliation of the worlds of imagination and reality forms the theme of the story. The traits of growth from childhood to maturity are presented with frankness and subtlety, and Karen and her friends are representative of a vast number of young men and women of her age. One can commend the fresh naturalness of the scenes from Karen’s childhood, and the restraint and insight of the account of her love affairs. Altogether it. is a promising first novel, at times very touching to an older reader who has had much to do with young people. R. M. G.