Book review: ‘Member of the Wedding’ points out that we are all isolated

'The Member of the Wedding'

‘The Member of the Wedding’ by Carson McCullers, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1946, 195 pages


Adolescence never really becomes the subject of wide-ranging scrutiny in the works of Carson McCullers, until her moving consideration of Frankie Addams in “The Member of the Wedding.”

Frankie is the fully realized portrait of the adolescent, a portrait that begins with Mick Kelly in McCullers’ “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter,” published in 1940. Mick tends to find respite from the harsh realities of her life by taking refuge in an “inside room,” a place where “she could be in the middle of a houseful of people and still feel she was locked up by herself.”