Books: The Pennsylvania Story

A RAGE TO LIVE (590 pp.)—John O'Hara—Random House ($3.75).

In June 1913, on the tenth anniversary of his wedding, Gentleman-Farmer Sidney Tate lunched on Irish stew at his club and took stock of his marriage. He was a mild-mannered New York socialite who had come to Fort Penn, Pa. to marry rich, handsome, socially top-flight Grace Caldwell and had settled down to a provincial life of quiet opulence. His survey satisfied him:

"This is a good marriage. I love my wife and I am confident she loves me...She loves me in bed, and she never...

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