cover image Female of the Species

Female of the Species

Lionel Shriver. Penguin Books, $7.95 (416pp) ISBN 978-0-14-010832-3

A pining admirer describes the transformation of a middle-aged anthropologist from a vibrant and brilliant woman to a helpless and lovestruck victim, at the hands of a cruel younger man. PW hailed this ""confident'' and ``consuming'' first novel. (June)