Books: Love Letters Another Marvelous Thing

by Laurie Colwin Knopf; 130 pages; $13.95

Laurie Colwin is a writer in love with writing about love. After six books, including her delicate little lyric of a novel, Happy All the Time, she remains as exclusive to her theme as a troubadour and as mordant as a jester.

In the connected short stories of Another Marvelous Thing, she has once again bittersweetly doomed her lovers to live out their liaison as if it were an endless Valentine's Day. Frank is an investment banker turned consultant with a wife and two grown sons. Billy is a considerably younger economic historian with a husband who works for a think...

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