Books: For Better and for Worse

A PLACE FOR NOAH by Josh Greenfeld Holt, Rinehart& Winston; 310 pages; $10

Lesson one for writers: write about what you know. Lesson two: don't be surprised if you would rather not have known what you wrote about. In 1966 Josh Greenfeld, novelist, playwright and screenwriter (Harry and Tonto), and his Japanese-born wife Foumi had their second child. They named the infant Noah. At the time, Greenfeld was attracting attention as a resolutely independent journalist, and a critic with a nose for new talent and a style that cut effortlessly through literary baloney. Foumi...

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