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Except for the raffish effrontery of the closing "Apocalypse at the Plaza," the opener [of Love and Other Euphemisms], a short novel really, is both the smartest and the sharpest in this collection of reasonably sophisticated see-through stories. The novella is "Pratfalls" in which Rachel is the rather imperturbable casualty of the contemporary scene … and it is all quite funny. In between, the episodes deal with more susceptible young women, uncertain to unstable to unhappy, and only one of them ("The Boy in the Green Hat") relies on a somewhat trickier device for its double-take denouement…. The stories are glossy (in fact two of them appeared in Mademoiselle and Cosmopolitan), alert and easily entertaining.

A review of "Love and Other Euphemisms," in Kirkus Reviews, Vol. XL, No. 9, May 1, 1972, p. 552.




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