Books: New Short Stories

DOMESTIC RELATIONS, by Frank O'Connor (260 pp.; Knopf; $3.50), introduces an engaging child named Larry Delaney who wants to know where babies come from. His father says that they are dropped from airplanes, while his mother explains that "mummies had an engine in their tummies and daddies had a starting handle that made it work, and once it started it went on until it made a baby." But his schoolmates convinced Larry that his mother is all wrong. Una Dwyer giggles that everyone knows babies are bought from Nurse Daly, and one boy asserts...

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