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from the dust jacket of the 1956 Blue Heron first edition

The Story of Lola Gregg

Lola Gregg, a young American housewife and mother, lived a life not too different from the lives of a million other American women. She was absorbed in the circle of her home, her two children and her husband. Perhaps her contentment with what she had made her happier than most people she knew, but perhaps she was no more content than a million other American women. Contentment is only subject to sharp scrutiny when something happens, something that should not and could not happen.

This is the story of how it happened to Lola Gregg -- the story of one day in the life of an American woman, a day when her normal and familiar world suddenly shook and began to disintegrate. It is a tense, compact, and thrilling tale that cuts to the heart of the America we live in.