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Review from People Magazine

January 26, 1981 Vol. 15, Number 3.
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โ€œConsider the thin, crackly, wrapping paper skin of the onion, as I did this morning while cleaning out the refrigerator. Itโ€™s like any explanation I can offer himโ€”totally superfluous. Heโ€™ll only hear that word, way down the end of any sentence. Orgy.โ€ So begins this wryly funny, ironic dissection of a housewife on the brink of a nervous breakdown. Depressed by her children, obsessed with cleaning her house and influenced by a libertine neighbor, she experiments halfheartedly with infidelity, hosting one of the more disillusioning orgies in fiction. Author Hayfield, a part-time English instructor at Trenton (NJ) State College and first novelist at 33, writes with a brittle clarity reminiscent of Sylvia Plath. For example, the narrator and her husband drive in a car โ€œwhile the silence darted back and forth between us like a devilโ€™s darning needle, mending the rip in our fragile black fabric of lies.โ€ This fine book is about the cleaning, scouring and repairing that goes on in all our lives. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $10.95)

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