Books: A Big Lump of Something

JOY IN THE MORNING by Betty Smith. 308 pages. Harper & Row. $4.95.

"Happy," says the heroine of Betty Smith's fourth novel, "is when somebody gives you a big lump of something, and it's too big to hold." Harper & Row has a big lump of something here—genus unclear—that should bring happiness to its accountants and joy to the mornings of women readers everywhere. Fans of Novelist Smith may at first be put off to find that the Brooklyn of A Tree Grows in and Maggie-Now has been replaced by a Midwestern college campus, but the fact is that mythical Brooklyn...

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