The Coming of Bill
The Coming of Bill is the nearest Wodehouse ever came to a serious novel; although the influence of the musical comedies he was writing at the time is never far away. Bill is the child of Ruth; a spoilt heiress; and Kirk; an impecunious artist of perfect physique. Their marriage has been arranged by Ruth's aunt; a believer in eugenics who then takes charge of the baby. The story; set entirely in New York and Connecticut; concerns the young couple's campaign to retrieve their child from the overbearing Mrs Porter and establish a normal family life. They are eventually successful; but only after a series of comic mishaps in a story which features a galaxyof vintage Wodehouse characters; including the bossy aunt; a tetchy millionaire; a good-natured ex-boxer and an orotund English butler.
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