Picks and Pans Review: A Bigamist's Daughter

updated 03/22/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/22/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Alice McDermott

Elizabeth Connelly is 26 (two years younger than the New York author who created her), a child of the suburban '60s and a veteran of one antiwar march. Her first love was the Beatles ("The imported male is always more desirable than the domestic"). She is editor of a "vanity press," which will print anything for a price. Tupper Daniels, a Southern writer, brings a novel to Elizabeth about a bigamist, which raises questions about her own father's long absences. Tupper's passion for her (he "travels her body and returns with reports of spices and silks, strange seas, small treasures") also makes Elizabeth wonder about love—how cynicism and romance do not mix, how looking for love beats finding it. This wry first novel is an impressive debut. (Random House, $13.50)

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