Books: Claustrophobia Acres

THE ENCLOSURE (280 pp.)—Ethan Ayer —Little, Brown ($3).

"The very rich," wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald in one of his short stories, "are different from you and me." "Yes," was the sardonic comment of Ernest Hemingway, "they have more money."

Just how "different" the rich are has long been a fascinating problem for U.S. novelists, but few have been able to do much with it. Like Fitzgerald and Hemingway, most U.S. writers have been too middle class. Ethan Ayer, 31, the Brooks School, Trinity College, and (says his dust jacket) of "a well-known riding and hunting family," should presumably be able to write about...

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