Picks and Pans Review: An Unmarried Man

UPDATED 05/26/1980 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/26/1980 at 01:00 AM EDT

by Darryl Ponicsan

The hero is a woodcarver, a sculptor. He becomes famous when his work is collected by movie stars. Then he leaves his wife and looks for love. He finds sex. The author, who wrote Cinderella Liberty and The Last Detail, explains his intention in this novel was "to write searing scenes of outright sexuality so filled with love and basic decency that even the most prudish of readers would be willing to forgive me for going public with acts so intensely private." One scene is unforgivable, but the book is very readable. (Delacorte, $9.95)

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