Books: The Belle Jar

FATAL FLOWERS by Rosemary Daniell Holt, Rinehart & Winston 293 pages; $11.95

When she was eleven, Rosemary Daniell sat in the Bolton, Ga., Methodist church and "dreamed of marrying the blond boy" a few pews away, "in a baby-blue wedding with six bridesmaids, of becoming the perfect housekeeper and sex partner, and of having six children [and] writing perfect novels while perfect cakes baked in the oven in my Betty Crocker kitchen." She never made it. Instead, Daniell got hitched at 16 to a classically brutal good ole boy, divorced him and married upward...

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