Books: Circle of Gilt

The trials of affluent New Yorkers in group therapy

Group: Six People In Search Of A Life (Riverhead; 339 pages; $25.95), Paul Solotaroff's tribute to his former group therapist, follows six New Yorkers with New Yorkers' problems: too much or not enough money, sex, drugs or ambition. Throw in childhoods with cruel or irresponsible parents, and you've got subjects willing to spend $100 a pop to discover their "true story."

Collecting the door fee and directing the cast is Dr. Charles Lathon, an effective but flawed psychiatrist whom Solotaroff admires with the awe of a proselyte-grad student, having once been counseled through a bout of panic disorder in a Lathon...

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