Books: Girl with Green Ink

CASUALTIES OF PEACE by Edna O'Brien. 175 pages. Simon & Schuster. $4.50.

Books by girls, especially those grown-up girls who get their diary jottings published under the guise of novels, should be read by other girls. The best of them have the quality of gossip—a mixture of fact and fantasy, malice and love, like those little confidences that were once whispered in Victorian dormitories. Edna O'Brien, who wrote The Lonely Girl (which became a smashing film as The Girl with the Green Eyes), does so well in this genre that the male reader feels like...

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