- Publisher: J. B. Lippincott Company; 7th edition (1939)
- ASIN: B007W3F120
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,850,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kitty Foyle ( 1939 ) Hardcover – 1939
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I can't comment on the story myself because I did not read it, but I did want to mention that this version has extremely tiny type and is not easy to read. Luckily my mom's vision is pretty good, but it took some effort to read.
Written in the stream-of-consciousness style, "Kitty Foyle" is both a coming-of-age novel and a novelistic "study" of the white collar career girl of the 1930s. Kitty is from Philadelphia, but spends her high school years in a small town in Illinois, and ultimately ends up working [in the cosmetic industry] in New York City. Morley is excellent at presenting these various mileu unjudgmentally [he leaves that for the reader] but vividly and accurately. He is also excellent at creating "real" characters, who face moral dilemmas and who are changed because of their decisions. It is an entertaining and delightful read, as well as being a thoughtful read.
BUT the character of Kitty makes me want to scream. Kitty, clearly in need of mothering, seems to be on her way to a productive life when she falls for a guy who is not man enough to stand by her. Kitty is too in love to see she is a tool and makes decisions based on what she thinks is best for her lover.
It is easy to say that my negative feeling toward the character of Kitty is from the prospective of the year 2009. Perhaps, but I know for sure that my mother, born in 1910 who was a voracious reader, would have said EXACTLY the same thing.