Books: Locked in a Star

ENCHANTMENT by Linda Grace Hoyer. 209 pages. Houghton Mifflin. $5.95.

To describe his feelings as an only child living with his parents and grandparents in a small Pennsylvania town, John Updike once wrote, "The five of us already there locked into a star that would have shattered like crystal at the admission of a sixth." In this remarkable first novel published under her maiden name, Updike's 66-year-old mother quotes the passage reverently and adds, "Luckily the star was, in its small way, a navigational star."

That she would include her son's work in her own...

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