Books: The Quick-Disposal Doubt

A FORTUNE IN DIMES (338 pp.)—Mary Carter—Atlantic-Little Brown ($4.95).

"Life in California" has long been reserved as a stock headline in The New Yorker for items indicating that something more rich and strange than ordinary human life goes on out there. West Coast Novelist Mary Carter also argues that California, specifically Pasadena, is a special enclave within the Affluent Society —more trouble-free, less wrinkle-prone, where nothing intrudes to clutter up the sunny living space but the quick-disposal doubt.

Teen culture embraces all generations in Pasadena, and Novelist Carter's hero shows how painless is the cure for a small case of doubt in...

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