Books: The Steps of Brooklyn

WASTELAND — Jo Sinclair — Harper ($2.50).

"Take it slowly, easily," said the blue-grey-eyed psychiatrist (who, as this book's laconic hero, has helped to win its author the $10,000 Harper Prize Novel Contest). "Listen, don't you want me on the couch?" muttered John Brown, who had come to his session of psychoanalysis feeling as supine in body as in mind.

"Sit in the chair," insisted the psychiatrist, who guessed that it would do John a world of good to sit bolt upright for a change. "Here in this room," he told John, "nothing is shameful. Even if you've believed it is all your...

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