Paul Shannon, a Marine veteran, returns home to Hartsboro (a fictionalized Charlotte) at the end of World War II. Paul had always liked to party and run around, but the war has changed him. Things at home have changed too. Unbeknown to Paul, his mother has died and his brother Jim has abandoned his young wife and child in the family home. Paul moves into the house with his sister-in-law and they soon fall in love. Jim’s return creates a crisis. The novel has psychological depth; it’s also a window on social mores of the mid-twentieth century.
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