A reasonably assured first novel picture-windows suburbia (Hawthorne Farms, Rye, N.Y.) and tabulates the amorous activities of a number of people who live there and more particularly Peggy and Ken Mosely. Peggy, however, feels ""unaccomplished"" in this setting (in spite of a child- generally ignored) and falls in love with David Cantini, a writer in a Greenwich Village apartment. In time their affair means more to her than Ken's standler love and attempts to get ahead on Wall Street. However, Ken has a girl in his office, Liz, who is ready to take her place when Peggy moves out, although in time Liz resents the suburbs and her inability to really replace Peg. In New York, Peggy's affair with David heads nowhere; she realizes in time that David is not only immature, temperamental, but also unfaithful. His friend, Ivan, completes her year of experimentation, so that at the close, when Ken and Liz separate, it seems likely that she will return to Ken... Basically Peggy, in search of herself and the Better Life, is not much more interesting than most of the people she is trying to get away from. Still, the pleasures of the bed and the studio couch, while just about as skin deep as those indulging in them here, will attract, and women will find it easy entertainment.