At age 38, Lonnie, a successful artist, is content and in control of her life, having escaped unscathed an early unfortunate marriage. She is justly proud of her charming Berkeley apartment in a large Victorian house. Her sister Dana, a refugee from a disastrous divorce and lost custody battle, lives downstairs. This complacent existence is suddenly shattered when Lonnie is beaten and raped by three men in search of drugs. Numb, shocked, and brutalized, she is for too long unaware of the child growing inside her. Lipsett's first novel recounts the pressures Lonnie faces in dealing with her own recovery and the fate of her childpressures from her parents who push abortion; from the rabbi for adoption; from Dana who sees this pregnancy as the chance to rebuild a family; and from within as Lonnie realizes that motherhood for her is now or never. Though Lonnie's ordeal sometimes reads like a case history, Lipsett's premise is intriguing and her writing competent. Marion Hanscom, SUNY at Binghamton Lib.