Books: Wolves in Firelight

THE TROUBLE OF ONE HOUSE (314 pp.) —Brendan Gill—Doubleday ($3).

Love & death, the hero and the villain of biology, have also been starred in a lot of badly overwritten fiction. In a new first novel, The Trouble of One House, the old antagonists are presented with exact good taste. In Novelist Breudan Gill, moreover, readers are presented with a fine new ironist.

Love, says Ironist Gill, is not just the sweet mystery of life; it is a tremendous natural force that can shatter people who resist it. And people who truly know how to love can be dreadful nuisances in a...

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