Books: Poetic Thriller

THE HOUSE BY THE SEA (271 pp.)—Jon Godden—Rinehart ($2.75).

When Edwina Marsh was a teenager, her father had once said: "My girl, don't be a fool—put your shoulders back, hold up your head, and don't be ashamed to show the world that you are shaped as a woman ought to be." But all her life she remained ashamed, awkward and uncontrollably shy. Now she was 41, "a big colourless woman in a brown skirt and a high-necked blue sweater. The shoulders were square, the neck long and firm, the legs straight and big, like pillars."...

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