Books: Woman's Men

THEY CAME LIKE SWALLOWS—William Maxwell—Harper ($2.50).

Says one of the characters in They Came Like Swallows: "Each of us has his private nightmare." Elizabeth was the one who soothed her family's bad dreams.

James was her husband; his sleep was sound as long as she was there beside him. Her 13-year-old son Robert had lost a leg when he was a little boy; it was easy to imagine, though impossible to tell by watching him, what he dreamed about.

Bunny was 8, and puny; he could not or would not stick up for himself, and every day brought him tragedy. Bunny's nightmare was simply...

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