Whither thou goest? Well, with Ruth Gold, a schoolteacher from Brooklyn now in Boston where she has broken away from home -- except to return briefly after her father dies; also with some of her early sexual experiences (Mrs. Leahy, a warm, motherly type is open rather than liberated and talks frankly about women's hygiene whether it's Ruth's period -- on the first page -- or her diaphragm later); and with her real love for Father Jim Kendall, a Catholic priest, who sheds his robes before long. He has more than the usual load of carnal conflict -- it includes not only his decision to leave the Church now but also his guilt with a gift years before re the death of her child when the child was alone and they were off at a motel. And in between -- there's quite a bit about a friend, Teresa, dying of cancer. . . . One of those novels which smiles through the tears and it's just as saftig as Charmin.