HARRY AND CATHERINE: A LOVE STORY
by Frederick Busch
Knopf; 290 pages; $18.95
Frederick Busch's characters are lonely, especially when they are with other people. Despite the title, love is in short supply in this tale of Catherine, her two adolescent sons, one lover and a dog living in cold upstate New York. The dog has the best relationships.
The love story is supposed to begin when Harry, her former lover, reappears on Catherine's doorstep after twelve years. Harry is back because he has pined for Catherine intermittently, but also because he conveniently works for a Senator who wants to block...