Books: Love and Despair

A CHILD CALLED NOAH byJOSHGREENFELD 191 pages. Holt, Rinehart & Winston.

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The twain met in 1960 at the Mac-Dowell Colony, a sylvan artists' preserve in Peterborough, N.H. She, Foumiko Kometani, was a painter from Japan. He, Josh Greenfeld, was a Jewish writer from Greenwich Village. As newlyweds, they began family life simply, with a cat named Brodsky. In 1964 a son, Karl Taro, was born. Two years later Foumiko gave birth to another child, a placid, ethereally beautiful boy whom they named Noah Jiro.

For two talented people, the world promised a balance between...

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