A Place at the Table

Edith Konecky, Author Random House (NY) $16.95 (241p) ISBN 978-0-394-57522-3
A gentle, clear-eyed honesty distinguishes this coming-of-middle-age novel by the author of Allegra Maud Goldman. Rachel Levin is a divorced novelist of mid-list success who lives in Manhattan, where she has a small circle of intimate friends and a lover, a young woman lawyer, with whom she's about to break up. In the quiet course of the unstructured, episodic story, Rachel writes a ``treatment'' for a story packager and begins a new novel. She suffers when her friend Margo is left by her husband; she visits one of her sons on the birth of his first child, breaks off with her lover, and undergoes--too abruptly--a mastectomy, all the while remembering bits and pieces of her life. At tale's end she meets another friend, a writer turned bag-lady, on a subway and has a final conversation that is both utterly natural and redeeming. Rachel is a thoroughly recognizable human being, compassionate, cruel, self-absorbed and a true friend. Her story unfolds as a life does; that is the novel's achievement and its failing. (May)
Reviewed on: 04/01/1989
Release date: 04/01/1989
Paperback - 252 pages - 978-0-9654043-3-4
Mass Market Paperbound - 35 pages - 978-0-345-36754-9
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