Books: Woman on a Ledge

THE SHATTERED GLASS (337 pp.)—Jean Ariss—Knopf ($4.95).

Her mood was that of a woman on a window ledge deciding whether or not to jump. She had just lost her only son through a fatal illness; her marriage was on the rocks, and her husband had gratefully fled to a new job in another state.

When she met the new man, he appeared as a rescuer. Slow-spoken, with "a crooked, diffident smile" and an endless supply of incredible stories, he snapped her out of her navel-staring apathy. A brilliant architect, he claimed to be trapped by an indifferent wife, a hostile mother and...

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