Books: Among the Ruins

FEMALE FRIENDS by FAY WELDON 311 pages. St. Martin's Press. $7.95.

Chloe, the narrator of Fay Weldon's new novel speaks for all women who believe that their intellects will never free them from their biology. To her credit, Author Weldon sees high comedy in this complaint. Her characters—Chloe, Marjorie and Grace—do indeed twitch to nature's rhythms, but the thralldom of their bodies is endlessly amusing to their unfettered minds.

The three are thrown together as schoolgirls during World War II. Evacuated from London to escape the blitz, Chloe and Marjorie arrive in Grace's village,...

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