Three women attempt with the help of Alcoholics Anonymous to repair their lives, damaged by booze. A New York society lady, Charlie retreats from her family to face her personal ghosts and discover her real needs. Musette, a ravishingly beautiful but unsuccessful actress, schemes to snatch Charlie's husband Neil. Gwen, a celebrated African American novelist, comes to terms with the lack of integrity in her marriage and in her writing. Virtually a testimonial to AA's recovery program, the story accurately depicts the way dynamics within a relationship change, sometimes in uncomfortable ways, when a sick person becomes healthy and strong. Unpretentious and entertaining, this gossipy, sexually explicit first novel can be recommended as adult light reading.-- Sheila Riley, Smithsonian Inst. Libs., Washington, D.C.