Brinig's early novels depicted the settlement and development of Montana, the state he grew up in. The main character in "Singermann" (1929), "Wide Open Town" (1931), "This Man Is My Brother" (1932), and "The Sun Sets in the West" (1935) was based on his father, a Romanian immigrant and shopkeeper. Brinig's novels often depicted miners, labour organisers, farmers, and businessmen living in Montana. These usually became bestsellers in the USA, and one of the most successful, "The Sisters", was made into a feature-length film in 1938, starring Bette Davis and Errol Flynn. A main theme of his work was homosexuality, as he was himself gay, though never came out.
Myron Brinig (1896–1991) was a Jewish-American author who wrote twenty-one novels from 1929 to 1958, which often dealt with homosexuality. According to the Gay & Lesbian Literary Heritage, Brinig was the "first American Jewish novelist to write in any significant way about the gay experience." In 1951, The New York Times Book Review said Brinig's "sentimental streak and his sympathetic touch with characters usually lend his books a warm glow of humanity, if not of art." He was variously praised for his "artistry and inventiveness in narrative, character and incident," and named "one of the leading young writers in America". But later reviews were mixed, some citing their "verbosity and banality."
Our book is in generally good condition for its age, but minus a dust jacket; bound in rose-pink cloth (other available copies are in blue) which is somewhat faded at edges, and darkened on the spine; title etc. in black lettering on the spine. Only light wear visible to the exterior - minimal bumping of corners, and very slight wear to top & tail of spine. Inside, the binding is firm with no loose pages; all pages clean and bright. Ex libris pasted inside the front cover. No foxing. Slight browning of front fep. Page tops darkened. Slight lean.