Books: Sisters and Strangers

THE MIDDLE GROUND by Margaret Drabble; Knopf; 277pages; $10.95

Author Margaret Drabble, age 41, has already displayed one of the most interesting galleries of heroines in contemporary letters. Over the course of 17 years and eight novels, the Drabble woman has moved from the consuming intensities of young marriage and small children toward the objective uncertainties of middle age. She has taken jobs and established careers; an early feminist, she has been buoyed by the support of her sisters and occasionally troubled by their anger and bitterness. She would still like to live with...

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