Picks and Pans Review: Doctor Love

UPDATED 08/02/1982 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 08/02/1982 at 01:00 AM EDT

by Gael Greene

"Clearly Philip Roth did not invent this complaint," the author says of her Jewish hero's addiction to blondes. Roth's brilliant novels have, however, inspired a lot of bad books, and this is one of the absolute worst—literary malpractice at its most flagrant. A divorced M.D. is hospitalized with a possible heart attack and while recuperating recalls in gratuitous, overbearing detail the women with whom he has had sex. While Greene is a New York food critic, and her characters eat a lot, their real appetite is for sex. There was a lot of sex in Greene's first novel, Blue Skies, No Candy, too. It was an awful book, but it became a best-seller. This one may as well, even if all the characters are unspeakable. (St. Martin's, $13.95)

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