Picks and Pans Review: Other Plans

updated 05/06/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/06/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Constance C. Greene

In this quietly effective tale of domestic drama, the Hollanders are an ordinary suburban family. The father is an architect who commutes to New York; the mother's only interest is her family. Their daughter is in college; a son, John, is 16 and in an adolescent struggle with his formal, aloof father. The old man thinks of himself as a Cheever character. John wants to grow up to write for Woody Allen. He's the sort of wise kid who, on a romantic moment with his date, quotes Groucho Marx ("I knew her before she was a virgin") and gets thrown out of the house. Most of this novel—until the tearful ending—is played for gentle laughs. But Greene, author of 16 novels for young adults, is also conveying a lot of painful truth about young people and the difficulties of being a parent. She has a sure hand. (St. Martin's, $15.95)

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