Books: A Swimmer's Tale

I HEARD THE OWL CALL MY NAME by MARGARET CRAVEN 166 pages. Doubleday. $4.95.

Engagingly enough, the first new bestselling work of fiction in the U.S. for the new year of 1974 turns out to be a fine, small, odd book set in a Canadian Indian village. It was written more than eight years ago, and considering the delay, one might assume that the manuscript, scribbled by some tribal chieftain, had perhaps moldered under a totem pole until discovered by a nosy anthropologist or Royal Canadian Mountie. Not so. The author is an energetic,...

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