A TRIP INTO TOWN by Michael Rubin


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A first novel takes a knowing way through a New York City university and the negating, nervous and argumentative course of three Jewish students, all from well to do -- but not assured, suburban families. Steve, a sophomore, through Esther, a freshman, meets (and is committed to) Suki (Susan) whose whims, indulgences and avidity for experience are condoned by Esther and argued and abetted by Steve. Whatever her extravagant gestures she always returns to them, finally centers on Steve for confession and comfort. He is unable to prevent her determined campaign to experiment with a new professor who is also a best selling novelist; her pregnancy after that affair becomes his concern when she insists on an abortion which nearly kills her. That she has possessed him does not prevent him from loving her -- and leaving her when the middle class way, the middle class marriage and the middle class life are open to him and Suki has arrived at a compromise with her family. A sense of the restlessness, discontent and unhampered impulse to explore in contrast to a growing sense of value and maturity brings this to a plateau of youth and its contemporary concepts -- in a self-enclosed fashion. Agitated rather than exciting.

Publisher: Harper