While checking the shelving of our library's fiction pit, I came across this curious Babbitt title from 1982. Looking quite new and seldom read, I put it with the stack of other titles that I knew I must read. Thus I discovered the magically tragic little saga of orphaned twins, especially the one who would grow to self-made success despite the haunting background of leaving his other self behind. He, Herbert Rowbarge, is the unchosen twin for whom life seems quite bleak. And yet by ruthless self determination, he rises to power and wealth through a business world which, of all things, reaps riches from a fantasy world theme park. His is a determined and cold mien. He loses the love he really wants and takes a rich second best; he closes his heart to both his wife and twin daughters. He attempts to destroy those who reject him, as well as those who loyally serve him, as he controls the world that has offered him little warmth and comfort. He is respected and wealthy, and the recipient of his daughters' solicitude. No one seems to know his dark secrets. The twists that Babbitt employs in Herbert Rowbarge are certainly more adult than her children's titles, but typical of her style with its twist at the end. Reading Herbert Rowbarge is a curious trip with an unforgettable result. I'd like to see a renewed interest in this O.Henry like little tome. Good reading!