Effie Hammond is a real sunshine lady, a chirpy woman who sees people and events in their best light and refuses to acknowledge the dark side of life. No matter that her son, Tommy, has been working on his doctorate for years with not a word written while instructing his wife, Judy, on cadging money from mother. He is still her talented darling. And her ailing husband Tom is getting better. Why bother the doctor with those little heart attacks? And she and Tom are the perfect, happy couple. Didn't she forgive him for running off with that divorcee? This year in the life of the Hammonds is told by the women, Effie, Judy, and teenage Nancy, who all finally come to terms with Tom Senior's death in this warm, sensitive novel that is often funny, often sad. Perhaps Effie isn't a fool after all, but a brave woman who copes in her own fashion with her inadequacies and life's disappointments. By the author of Love and Work; recommended. Marion Hanscom, SUNY at Binghamton Lib.