Books: Fathers & Daughters

THE OTHER FATHER (307 pp.)—Laura Z. Hobson—Simon & Schuster ($3).

Three years ago Laura Hobson wrote Gentleman's Agreement, an earnest and bestselling novel designed as a devastating attack on antiSemitism. It was intended to shock people into indignation, and as such it was directed less to the human imagination than to the bourgeois sense of guilt. The result was that Author Hobson, while furiously demanding that everyone respect individual differences, was herself flattening all her characters to pancakes.

In her new novel, The Other Father, Mrs. Hobson applies the same approach to family...

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