Books: Why?

THE LONELY (182 pp.)—Paul Galileo —Knopf ($2.50).

In place of a plot, The Lonely has a situation. Flak-happy Liberator Pilot Jerry Wright takes a two-week leave from his air base in England and goes off to Scotland with Patches, a mousy, grey-eyed little WAAF. After a week of shacking up in the Loch Lomond country, Jerry finds himself desperately in love with Patches, desperately out of love with his "healthily beautiful, loving, young, vigorous, clear-eyed, innocent, sexless and inexperienced" fiancee back on Long Island.To straighten out this situation and break his engagement in a face-to-face encounter, he hops the Atlantic without papers,...

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