Books: Liebestod in Rego Park


by HILMA WOLITZER 223 pages. Morrow. $6.95.

The wedding of love and death has given literature some of its best— and most of its worst—moments. Consider, for example, the timeless tragic passions of Tristan and Iseult and the disposable bathos of Love Story. In Ending, Hilma Wolitzer's first novel, there is neither an emerald love cave nor an ivy-covered campus to enhance the relationship of love and death. The setting is Rego Park, Queens, a part of New York City where thousands pursue their lives in middle-income high-rises not far from one of the largest and dreariest cemetery complexes in the world....

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