Books: A Rose Named Fanny

THE BATTLE OF THE VILLA FIORITA by Rumer Godden. 312 pages. Viking. $5.

There is evidence that the Book-ofthe-Month Club could not exist with out Rumer Godden. In the 24 years since she published Black Narcissus, she has provided B.O.M. with half a dozen of those soft-focus domesticated dra mas that brush across a reader's mind as soothingly as a summer breeze.

This time Author Godden, 55, is addressing herself to the woman in early middle age who has had her children, has become bored with her husband and feels parched for romance. Fanny Clavering, a suburban English housewife, will do nicely. One...

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