Books: Illuminations and Reflections

PITCH DARK by Renata Adler; Knopf; 144 pages; $12.95

Renata Adler has a way with commas:

"They seem to have no worry whether I can safely drive at all, let alone find my way home, home, in the dark, having drunk as much as this .. . The passport, I had noticed, was growing smaller, over the years, and changing fabric ... A case nominally begins with an injury, for which there exists in the law a kind of remedy, usually financial, but sometimes having to do, rather more brutally, with divorce, separation, incarceration, custody."...

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