Books: Victim of Publicity

AN AMERICAN DREAM GIRL (302 pp.) —James J. Farrell—Vanguard ($3).

Like most U.S. males, Author James T. (Studs Lonigan) Farrell has spent considerable time brooding over a weighty question: What's wrong with American women? Like most, he has arrived at a lot of different answers. His favorite seems to be one given by a locked-up lunatic who narrates one of the 21 stories in Farrell's An American Dream Girl.

"What I want to explain is why I killed my wife. Molly was a good woman. All our friends thought she was a wonderful wife. I suppose...

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