February 13, 1978 12:00 PM

by Frankcina Glass

Sometimes the story behind a book is better than the book itself. In this case it’s a tie. Glass, 22, a $6,000-a-year paste-up artist for an Atlanta printing company with no formal writing experience, naively began mailing her manuscript to New York publishers and quickly found a taker. Marvin & Tige is the bittersweet tale of two people: a street-wise black kid left to fend for himself after his mother dies and an embittered, middle-aged white corporate dropout on the verge of alcoholism. Eventually they become dependent upon each other for survival. Corny? Maybe. Moving? Yes. (St. Martin’s Press, $8.95)

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