Books: A Room of One's Own

BETWEEN THEN AND Now (160 pp.)—Alba de Céspedes—Houghton Mifflin ($3).

Alba de Céspedes writes so well about what it means to be a woman that she makes both male and female readers uneasy. She uses only one literary trick: unrelenting candor. And the only thing one can be sure of when her novels end is that life goes on. Daughter of a Cuban diplomat father and an Italian mother, Author de Céspedes writes with a Mediterranean mixture of controlled passion and shrugging resignation.

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