December 25, 1978 12:00 PM

The author of the hot-selling feminist novel The Women’s Room herself liked Mary Gordon’s Final Payments but couldn’t abide Walker Percy’s Lancelot, Günter Grass’ The Flounder or Laurie Colwin’s Happy All the Time (“the all-time worst, a lie; it disgusts with its meretriciousness”). Having given up on The Mayor of Casterbridge, she shuns TV. But French let herself enjoy a few films including Ingmar Bergman’s Autumn Sonata, Woody Allen’s Interiors and Hal Ashby’s Coming Home (“It’s ironic the woman had to choose between an emotional and a physical cripple. There are damned few choices”).

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