Books: Entries a Client Called Noah

by Josh Greenfeld Holt; 371 pages; $18.95

A word for those who may be arriving late: this book is a sequel to A Child Called Noah (1972) and A Place for Noah (1978). Like its predecessors, A Client Called Noah takes shape as a journal kept by Novelist and Screenwriter Josh Greenfeld. He jots down information about himself, his Japanese wife Foumi and their first son Karl. But the day-to-day entries never stray very far from Noah, the second son, who is severely brain damaged.

Greenfeld the father knows his family has been visited by a private tragedy; Greenfeld the writer understands that the ordeal of caring for...