For a selective audience, one that is appreciative of the work of this writer, outstanding as a stylist, perceptive, elusive, fine drawn, with awareness of nuance and mood. Once again she has written a delicately imagined novel, but once again it seems to lack that substance essential to put it over with the general public. Three girls return to their mother's bedside, while she is critically ill, and there follows a succession of subjectively handled desires and reactions and memories. Geraldine has come home from India to divorce her rigid Civil Service husband; Margaret loves her sister's unresponsive husband and evades the issue of her own marriage to another man; Ricky, an alleged Communist, had been deported for subversive activities. Realistically, nothing is resolved at the close.