Books: Pursuit in the South

LAMENT FOR FOUR VIRGINS (368 pp.)—Lael Tucker—Random House ($3.50).

There are four of them—the darling daughters of the best families in town—all young, all restless, all dying for a big romance. They sip their Cokes hopefully, they pump each other carefully, they whip their cars ostentatiously through the streets of Andalusia, Ga. It is all because of the new rector, Mark Barbee, who is giving the Episcopal service a lilt such as Andalusia has never heard before. When the four girls kneel in his church, Rector Barbee suspects they have come "not to worship...

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