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Dark at the Top of the Stairs

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Synopsis

The setting is a small Oklahoma town in the early 1920s and the home of the Flood family. Here we find Rubin, a traveling salesman for a harness firm; Cora, his sensitive and lovely wife; Sonny, their little boy; and Reenie, their teenage daughter. The plot consists of a series of short stories — the fight between a husband and wife, the fear of an overly shy young girl on going to a dance, the problems of an introverted little boy who feels that the whole world is against him, the corroding marriage of Cora’s rowdy sister, and the tragedy of a military school cadet who suffers from the stigma of being a Jew in an alien community. There is dark at the top of everyone’s stairs, but it can be dissipated by understanding, tolerance, and compassion.

Character Breakdown

Rubin Flood
Sammy Goldenbaum
Flirt Conroy
Cora Flood
Lottie Lacey
Chauffeur
Morris Lacey
Reenie Flood
Punky Givens
Sonny Flood