A tediously exploratory, experimental first novel which concerns itself with some pretty confused people and their rather confusing preoccupations. Boston, in the year 1940, sets the scene for this story of the Boynes of rather stable financial and social status until Mr. Boyne, suddenly losing his mind, is taken away to a private sanatorium accompanied by his wife. The household, left in the hands of Claire, 21, and Susan, 19, rapidly deteriorates. Claire, wavering at the threshold of a religious (Catholic) life, brings in a group of nuns and the fallen women they are to salvage. And Susan, increasingly indiscreet in her affair with an older psychoanalyst, who never draws too fine a line between his patients and his women, becomes the victim of blackmail by the house man- eventually is killed.... A generally unattractive account which might- in its cerebral cleverness- qualify for a few.