Books: Caf

THE HAPPY ISLAND—Dawn Powell—Farrar & Rinehart ($2.50).

Manhattan café society provokes a lot of writing, most of it about as enduring as a café socialite's hangover. It appears often in gossip columns, sometimes on society pages, and occasionally in that vast, unstudied documentary record of contemporary social life which is being accumulated in the files of the divorce court at Reno, Nevada. Last week Dawn Powell tried to dignify café society's ephemeral and highly publicized doings in prose at once livelier and more durable, in a sharp, satirical, disorderly novel which is good reading...

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