Books: Wanting It Now

WALKING PAPERS by Sandra Hochman. 211 pages. Viking. $6.95.

To what has become one of the decade's most popular questions, Freud admitted having no answer: What does a woman want? One would like to have been able to slip him a copy of this first novel—a long, first-person, Portnoyesque rant that seems to wedge at least 30 years of neurotic female yearning into its emancipated pages.

The heroine, Diana Balooka, wants everything, wants it now and in generous portions. To be loved by someone who knows his polymorphous pleasures. To be praised...

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