cover image Squandering the Blue

Squandering the Blue

Kate Braverman. Ivy Books, $5.99 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-8041-0860-7

Braverman gives us lingering glimpses of desperate, alcohol- or drug-abusing L.A. women in these 12 thematically related tales. According to PW , ``Although the intense richness that saturates these stories is occasionally overwhelming, the collection is a bold and exotic feat.'' (Oct.)