Books: Reverse Serendipity

MR. RIGHT IS DEAD by Rona Jaffe. 192 pp. Simon & Schuster. $4.50.

Rona Jaffe's bestselling first novel about nubile young career girls aprowl in Manhattan, The Best of Everything, was written to the specifications of the late Film Producer Jerry Wald. God knows who is responsible for this new collection of short stories in which Rona's girls suffer from serendipity in reverse—they have the gift of finding unpleasant things and situations not sought for. When these urban waifs encounter an attractive man, he's already married; if single, a homosexual; if both available and heterosexual, he is metaphorically dead.

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