Pleasant, practised manner for a first novel in which Jinx, nine years married, recapitulates her college years and a first love she never quite got over. He was Mike, poor, proud and independent -- who with her fought against the snobberies, the subterfuges of sorority-fraternity life in a mid-western university, and who quit college as a gallant gesture. Now married to gentle, quiet, and deliberately retiring Stephen, a professor, she finds herself questioning her marriage and Stephen as against Mike, who has become a famous foreign correspondent. Pearl Harbor settles the issue-with Mike an isolationist, and Stephen signing up for a dangerous, unrecognized assignment. Woman's book, upper class light reading.