Books: Also Current: Jan. 1, 1965

IF MORNING EVER COMES by Anne Tyler. 265 pages. Knopf. $4.95.

As the November winds began to bluster off the Hudson, Ben Joe Hawkes just stood in bed, cutting law-school classes and thinking of North Carolina in the morning. Thus begins what the reader fears will be just another could-he-or-couldn't-he-go-home-again book. And it is, save for a couple of differences. For one, First Novelist Anne Tyler, 22, approaches commonplaces with uncommon empathy, insight and wit; and for another, her protagonist has to address himself to an additional puzzle. The chill on Manhattan's Morningside Heights...

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