Saturday, June 20, 2009
Father came home feeling tired and weary. He had had a sorely trying day. When he opened the front door, he saw that . . . . [all] of the children were striking one another and speaking unpleasantly in loud, harsh voices . . . . "My goodness," said Father to Mother, "is this the sort of welcome I get after a sorely trying day?"
Thus begins my new favorite book, The Sorely Trying Day by Russell and Lillian Hoban (better-known for their Frances series), which was a felicitous find at the local library. In case you can't find it at yours, those sympathetic souls at the New York Review of Books Classics are going to bring out a new edition of the book, originally published in 1964, next year.