Books: Eros Was a Greek

MIRI (219 pp.)—Peter Sourian—Pantheon ($3.50).

This is a tender and tempestuous first novel about first love. It is a triangle story of two boys (Lexy and Josh) in love with the same girl (Miri), and it is told in three first-person narratives in which each of the trio is mirrored in the eyes of the other.

Miri is a grave Greek girl with long black eyelashes and long brooding silences who goes to an eastern U.S. college. At a nearby school is her cousin Lexy—mercurial, unkempt, rude and life-intoxicated. Lexy's roommate Josh is well-rooted in America but emotionally rootless, blond, bland and sweet-mannered....

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