A STAR CALLED WORMWOOD (250 pp ) Martha Bacon Random House ($2.75).
The American innocent all abroad in Europe's worldliness has been a favorite theme of novelists. It is a handy device for making subtle discriminations between the morals & manners of different worlds
In her first novel, Martha Bacon has given this theme a modern twist. While Henry James sometimes saw American innocence as a fresh and gracious stimulant to overcultivated Europe, kiss Bacon deals with a situation in which the irresponsibility of Americans causes a tragedy for Europeans.
She tells the story...