This is an improbable yet fascinating novel about three lost generations of the Downer family, all drowning in memory and regret. For Eric, there was the Chicago moll in the Thirties; for daughter Roo, a hippie boy in San Francisco. Another boy broke Denis's heart the summer he was 21. At 13, Jessie takes whatever love drugs offer her. As the characters speak their sorrow to the reader (but never to each other), Grove skillfully changes the rhythms and vocabularies of the voices, from the dreamy old man lost in his stamp collection to the streetwise and world-weary teenager. A flashy jacket will make this popular summer reading for public library patrons.-- Maurice Taylor, Brunswick Cty. Lib., Southport, N.C.