Picks and Pans Review: Full Circle
by Danielle Steel
Oh, Danielle, you've done it again. Who else but Steel—author of such novels as To Love Again, Loving and Love—could cull such a lively page-turner from a catalog of contemporary social ills? A World War II widow wants the best for her only daughter, Tana. Mom hopes that being the mistress of a multimillionaire will help her provide it. (She's a lonely woman, not a loose one.) But Tana is unconcerned with expensive tastes and trifles, so her mother's plan grimly backfires. When Tana goes to a glitzy Connecticut birthday party, she is raped in the plush master bedroom. When she goes to a prestigious southern college she chooses a—gasp—black roommate. When she agrees to a deb party to indulge maternal hopes that she'll be to the manor married at least, she meets the Perfect Man. He loves her, too. But she only likes him a lot, and when he's paralyzed in Vietnam she falls in love with his father. As Tana's career as a lawyer progresses, her new Mr. Not Quite Right becomes resentful. Meanwhile, her friends are getting married and having children. There are few potential woes the author lets slip by unsuffered in this, her 17th novel. Tana, however, strides through each episode with Steely femininity; she's an inspiration to Everywoman, at least to every woman determined to Have It All. (Delacorte, $14.95)
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