Houston makes an honest attempt to understand contemporary women caught between conflicting desires for family and careerbut he misses in this first-person narrative of one-time Berkeley hippie Holly Doyle. Instead of a sympathetic character he has produced a totally egocentric one. On her 33rd birthday, Holly, mother of two, discovers that her husband, Grover, is involved in a serious affair. The rest of the book concerns her reaction to what she sees as treacherynever mind that she has concealed a similar betrayal. She fusses, she fumes, she drinks, she runs away, but never once does she ask why. Her main concern seems to be Grover's lack of discretion. It all works out, but only because of outside forces. Houston is more successful with his counterplot, weaving in strains of country music (Holly and Grover's avocation) that parallel the lovesick plot. For public libraries. Marion Hanscom, SUNY at Binghamton Lib.