Books: Fact of Life

JOY STREET (490 pp.)—Frances Parkinson Keyes—Julian Messner ($3).

"When the final chapter of Joy Street was dispatched," writes Frances Parkinson Keyes in the foreword to her new novel. "... I was too completely exhausted to feel the slightest elation ... I could not believe the ordeal was over; it had become one of those nightmares which apparently has no end, but goes on and on . . ."

Rare is the author who makes an accurate appraisal of personal work, even by accident, but then Novelist Keyes is something of a phenomenon. The happy quip in the publishing world is that she...

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