Books: Brotherhood and Aunt Sal

MAKE THE LOVE TREE GROW by Martin O'Neill. 241 pages. Crown. $5.95.

Black-white confrontations can do something for novels as well as for races, as this variation on the theme of open housing shows. Into the sanitized, suburban home of Bill Doyle is thrust young Chris Dawson, 14—the same age as Doyle's own son Dennis—to spend the summer. A neighbor says plaintively, "A Negro boy here—in Harrington Estates? You know damn well nobody will admit we're antiSemitic, but we don't even allow Jews."

Lucky Jews. Harrington Estates contains some tested suburban cliches, from the...

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