Anna Eastwood is the prototypical working-class girl with soap opera daydreams. In the London office where she works she meets Roger Cruikshank, a charmingly unconventional dreamer and would-be writer. Loving Roger is Anna's big mistake: though she loves him with a passion, dreaming of marrying him and living happily ever after, Roger feels passion for Anna but no love. While Roger is working temporarily in America, Anna bears their child. With Roger's return and her second pregnancy, Anna is overcome with the hopelessness of her mostly unrequited love and makes her final move in a moment of desperate, violent abandon. In his second novel, the author of Tongues of Flame ( LJ 2/15/87) offers a brilliantly lean, dark, and unforgettable commentary on the tragicomic futilities of love. Ronald L. Coombs, SUNY Downstate Medical Ctr. Lib., Brooklyn, N.Y.