Books: The Spaces Between

THE WAYWARD WIFE (221 pp.)—Alberto Moravia—Farrar, Straus ($3.95).

Book jackets so seldom reflect the nature of what they are jacketing that Philippe Halsman's photo for this collection of Author Moravia's short stories deserves attention. The subject is a nude girl seated on a low rock wall by a dirt road, staring at the point at which the road winds out of sight in a thin forest. She is slim and well formed, but her tense body lacks grace; whatever she waits for at the bend of the road will be painful.

As a Moravia heroine, she is certain to be vapid, gross, pettily...

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