Books: A Nice Japanese Girl

O FOR A MASTER OF MAGIC by Josh Greenfeld. 186 pages. New American Library. $4.95.

The author, an able freelance book reviewer, has obviously read a lot of fiction. That alone, however, is no guarantee of success when the critic turns novelist. Greenfeld's hero is a Jewish boy from Brooklyn becalmed on the long voyage to a Ph.D. He marries a Japanese painter, and they go to live near her parents in Japan. Like so many young men in novels these days, he pokes and prods his identity obsessively; after a few months in Japan he worries that he still feels like...

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