p. 56 "Most of you," she said in her clear, steady voice, "have at least a faint idea of why we are here. We've come because we're all on common ground. We want jobs, we need jobs--and there are no jobs. That is, there are none of the old kinds of jobs. There are already too many lawyers and teachers and doctors and librarians."
I've read a lot of Phyllis A. Whitney's books. Most have been in the Romantic Suspense genre. This one is about young people, many with artistic talents, looking for work. It sounds so current, doesn't it? It's not. It's her first book, published in 1941.