Books: Tangles and Bloodnests

SOMEWHERE ELSE by ROBERT KOTLOWITZ 373 pages. Charterhouse. $7.95.

"In my family," Robert Kotlowitz writes at the beginning of this first novel, "we tell stories about each other all the time, and what we're not told, I try to pick up by eavesdropping. I like the real stuff, inside information, the sight and bristling sound of other people's dramas, especially when the plots are taken from family life and its fractioned heart, the snarled bloodnest of fathers, sons, and everyone else; there lies the source of every clue about ourselves." Kotlowitz has been the...

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