Books: Women & Geoffrey Bliss

ASK ME NO MORE (375 pp.)—Pamela Frankau—Harper ($3.95).

This novel has more combinations than the daily double. Against a quarter-century backdrop ('30s to mid-50's) are staged three separate plots: 1) the life and loves of Geoffrey Bliss, a brittle-witted English playwright and "four-letter person"; 2) the struggle of adulterous peeress v. straightforward secretary to find bliss with Bliss; 3) the tea-and-sympathy schooling by the secretary of Geoffrey's sexually insecure son Ludovic, whose mother is the peeress.

As might be guessed, British Author Pamela Frankau, 50, belongs to the Eliza-crossing-the-ice school of fiction: the narrative floe consists in keeping the characters' daydream life one...

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