Books: Uncouples

MARRY ME by JOHN UPDIKE 320 pages. Knopf. $7.95.

It ain't Tarbox. The place is called Greenwood this time. And John Updike presents no magic circle of friends to be destroyed by adultery and the blight of gratified desire as he did in Couples. All that the author seems to have up his sleeve is a couple of pairs, one of your everyday unbalanced domestic quadrangles, in fact. Jerry loves Sally Mathias—and Ruth Conant, but is married only to Ruth. Sally loves herself and Jerry—but is married to Richard Mathias. Richard, who...