Magazine article Herizons

Finishing School

Magazine article Herizons

Finishing School

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FINISHING SCHOOL

HELEN FOGWILL PORTER

Pottersfield Press

REVIEW BY LILLIAN BOUZANE

This is a novel about voice-the St. John'saccented, salt-flavoured voice that you hear every day on the street. And it is captured by Helen Fogwill Porter in her second novel Finishing School.

The protagonist, Eileen Novak, aged 49, goes to night school at the urging of her M.A.-candidate daughter. As a part of the language arts course, Eileen has to keep a journal. She is told not to worry about grammar, syntax or style, but to write whatever comes into her head. Eileen takes to this genre as if it were invented for her, and Finishing School is the result. (Eileen was a minor character in Porter's first novel January, February, June or July)

In the year Eileen keeps this journal, she digs into her past and brings up all her old loves and hurts. After marrying an American Gl and following him to Iowa, she discovers that she is totally unsuited to the life of a farmer's wife. …

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