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"White Rabbit," by Kate Phillips. Houghton Mifflin....


"White Rabbit," by Kate Phillips. Houghton Mifflin. 212 pages. $21.95

If this first novel is any indication, you'll hear a lot more about this gifted young writer. At 28, she has taken an imaginative leap into the mind of an 88-year-old woman and emerged with a deeply affecting meditation on life. The book takes place during one long day, apparently the final day, in the life of Ruth Hubble.

The prose is understated, the metaphors are quietly masterful. It's a beautiful book.

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