FICTION: More Mothers

DEBONAIR—G. B. Stern—Knopf ($2.50). Twittering, dove-colored, Mrs. Trevelyan welcomes her daughter, Loveday, back to their little haven on the Italian Riviera, and would so gladly "forgive and forget" if only she would confide.

"Loveday—?"

"Oh no, Mummy, it isn't that! Poor darling, were you afraid I was going to spring a little bastard on you?"

Not Loveday—such was not her "lay." As she explained to a friend (not her mother, who would never have understood), "I'm not a humbug; . . . I say all open and sunny: What I really want is for...