Picks and Pans Review: Blue Pages

updated 04/09/1979 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/09/1979 01:00AM

by Eleanor Perry

"Lucia didn't invite her shrink because her shrink would want to know why Lucia considered everything in her life primarily as material for a film script..." The author is a scriptwriter (Diary of a Mad Housewife) who was once married to a younger film director, Frank Perry, and her novel is about a woman scriptwriter whose marriage to a younger film director fails. Lucia's husband takes a younger wife, diets and shaves off his Teddy bear beard. Lucia broods and frets about the rotten deal she's gotten in love. Then, in a moment of irony that Lucia comes to cherish, she runs into her ex—and fails to recognize him. The inside stuff about Hollywood (the title comes from the color of paper used for script revisions) and the Long Island literary scene work nicely. And, in spite of its woman-scorned whine, some precious language and a few autobiographical excesses, so does the book. The reason is that Perry is not afraid to get close to the bone. (Lippincott, $10)

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