Books: Little Women

ENTERING EPHESUS by Daphne Athas. 442 pages. Viking. $7.95.

In 1939, the Bishops with their three daughters arrive in Ephesus, a tiny college town in the South. They are destitute, and despite the war boom that is about to start, they stay that way, thanks to father's "ruthlessness about the unimportance of money." What the Bishops do have plenty of is "Bishopry" -an elusive but tensile esprit that makes them feel different, not to say unique.

Entering Ephesus is about being adolescent in that family, and the author manages to make most practitioners in the...

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