LAURA Z: A LIFE by Laura Z. Hobson
Arbor House; 410 pages; $17.95
Novelist Laura Z. Hobson (Gentleman's Agreement, Consenting Adult) suggests that the really basic human drives cannot be deterred. Murder, for instance, or war, or the neurotic love of a woman for a man who has hurt her. About the last, Hobson should know. Most of the men in her long lifeshe is now 83seem to have turned out faithless or spineless, or both, and she has given them all ample opportunity to prove it.
During the 1920s, a spendthrift charmer named Tom...