November 13, 1978 12:00 PM

by Laurie Colwin

It’s a relief to find happy marriages, even if only in fiction. This upbeat book traces the lives of two young, affluent couples. There is Guido, the head of an arts foundation and husband of the perfectionist Holly, who is “constantly fighting off the urge to straighten paintings in other people’s houses.” Guido’s sidekick-cousin, Vincent, is an urban sanitation whiz, who chooses a more complicated mate in Misty. She is hung up on her Jewishness and given to pessimistic aphorisms like “Friendship is not possible between two women, one of whom is very well dressed.” If that sounds like a line out of Metropolitan Life, it may be because Colwin was Fran Lebowitz’s book editor and is her literary confidante. This, Colwin’s third book, is bubbly and refreshing as champagne and strawberries. (Knopf, $7.95)

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