Books: Hardly Hopkins

BEFORE You Go (437 pp.)—Jerome Weidman—Random House ($4.95).

Many readers still remember the alcoholic hero of The Lost Weekend desperately trying to hock his typewriter to buy booze and finding the New York pawnshops closed; the shops are owned by Jews, and they are closed because it is Yom Kippur, the most important of Jewish holidays. This novel presents a similar but even more poignant dilemma. The heroine's older sister has got herself pregnant by her boss, a married man; she tries desperately to cash a check for an abortion, but finds she cannot...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!