Books: Summer Reading

A seasonal fiesta of fiction for hammock, porch and beach


by Alice McDermott

Farrar, Straus & Giroux

184 pages; $14.95

"Enough, too much, has already been said about boredom in the suburbs, especially in the early '60s." So speaks the woman who looks back on her years of growing up in a comfortable Long Island fringe of New York City. What she remembers is excitement, that night long ago during her early adolescence when Rick Slater and a gang of his teenage friends drove up to a house across the street and tried to free Rick's girlfriend Sheryl from presumed imprisonment by the men in the neighborhood, including the...