cover image John Dollar a Novel

John Dollar a Novel

Marianne Wiggins. HarperCollins Publishers, $12 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-06-091655-8

Of this ``mesmerizing'' tale of eight shipwrecked British schoolgirls, their governess and her eponymous lover, a sailor, PW observed, ``Wiggins strips away the veneer of civilization to reveal the raw, primitive heart of nature and human nature.'' (Apr.)