Books: Suburban Daydreams

ALL THE ABANDONED CHILDREN by George Constable. 200 pages. Harcourt, Brace & World. $4.75'.

"Jessie," says a boy friend, "you're like a philosopher in reverse. You're a walking daydream." So she is. She writes herself letters at work ("Dear Madame: Hi"), puts them in her In basket ("Oh, look, a letter for me") and answers them ("Dear Madame: Hi. Glorious morning, isn't it?"). She plays games with herself such as How Can That Be?, in which she makes up an impossible situation, asks herself "How can that be?" and is disappointed if she cannot...

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