Books: Old Folks at Home

THEY by Marya Marines. 215 pages. Doubleday. $4.95.

Not long ago, Critic-at-Large Marya Mannes justly observed that in a world taken over by size 10 miniskirts and baby body stockings there is little left to clothe the "well-kept figure of an adult woman still loved by a man." This becoming feminine pique over fit—and much other comment on the trying 60s—has been incorporated into a slender futurist fantasy. The publisher, somewhat optimistically, asserts that it is a novel. Alas, the lady has tried to cram a statuesque symposium on life, death and manners into...