Books: Larky Society

THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE by Edwin Gilbert. 320 pages. Putnam. $5.95.

Rosemary Grovenour, a fairly ordinary Connecticut housewife, has good looks going for her, good schools and good family behind her. She also has good strong neurotic twitches—all her dabs at painting, writing, ceramics and interior decoration have added up to a muddy mess. And Rosemary feels that she, too, has added up to nothing. Honestly, it is enough to make her dose herself with self-pity pills.

Instead, Rosemary persuades her husband Grove to buy a cooperative apartment on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue. Soon, she is wiggling...

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