Books: Women's Lib Western

THE MAN WHO LOVED CAT DANCING

by MARILYN DURHAM 246 pages. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

$6.95.

It can be said of First Novelist Marilyn Durham that she has the courage of her daydreams. The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing is basically pure feminine fantasy, but the treatment is so fresh and untroubled that the book is one of the most effective entertainments of recent months.

The heroine is a reluctant frontierswoman of the 1880s named Catherine Crocker. At 35—a refreshingly ripe age for a heroine—Catherine is marooned in a Wyoming mining camp with her boorish husband. After...