Books: Collisions THE LONG PILGRIM by Laurie Colwin

Knopf; 211 pages; $9.95

THE LONE PILGRIM

by Laurie Colwin

Knopf; 211 pages; $9.95

Among its many other functions, fiction brings back news from the front lines of the war between the sexes. In recent years, such bulletins have made for increasingly grim reading: the men are swinish, the women strident, and most of the fun has gone out of the struggle. The 13 stories in The Lone Pilgrim thus offer what amounts to a minority report. Author Laurie Colwin is a remarkably cheerful messenger. She tells of women and men who somehow manage to live vibrantly through the problems they cannot solve and the fights...

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