Picks and Pans Review: Alone Together

updated 08/23/1982 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/23/1982 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Sherrye Henry

Henry, longtime hostess of a daily radio talk show in New York and more recently of the Ladies' Home Journal Syndicated radio program, is the divorced mother of three grown children. She has used both her career and personal experience to create this sensitive first novel of a modern career woman. While raising two teenagers, her heroine has risen from the ranks of Wall Street to become a sought-after financial analyst. She now faces pregnancy at 40. The responsible party is a media magnate (their transatlantic love affair had been complicated by a croquet-playing Palm Beach socialite). But rather than submit to the marriage of convenience he offers, she decides to go her own way. He wants a child, though, and takes her to court even before the child is born, throwing them both into a media glare. This pre-Kramer vs. Kramer situation is handled with compassion for both characters. The result is a wrenching, absorbing book. (Doubleday. $14.95)

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