Books: Suburban Furies

ORDINARY PEOPLE by JUDITH GUEST 263 pages. Viking. $7.95.

Judith Guest, 40, housewife and mother of three sons, living in Edina, Minn., sat down one day like a lot of other housewives to write a novel. The only difference is, her self-addressed brown envelope did not keep coming back. After two tries it became the first unsolicited manuscript to be published by the Viking Press since 1949.

If this rare publishing event leads any reader to expect a wildly experimental act-of-the-imagination, he has read too many commercial novels about uncommercial success, and he will be...

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