cover image A Stranger's House

A Stranger's House

Bret Lott, Price. Washington Square Press, $7.95 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-671-68328-3

Claire and Tom Templeton purchase their dream home, and childless, brooding Claire is saved from an incipient breakdown by the house's mutually devoted caretakers--a mentally retarded older man and a teenager. ``Lott hits some emotional bull's-eyes in his portrait of the loving but unhappy Templetons,'' noted PW , ``but the narrative often lapses into sentimentality.'' (Jan.)