by Carol Verderese

Never Change

In Elizabeth Berg’s Never Change (Pocket Books, $23.95), looks loom large for protagonist Myra Lipinsky. Myrais a 51 year-old visiting nurse whose own affliction, as she fatalistically sees it, is a terminal plainness which disqualifies her from the world of romantic attachment. A child of Polish Jews “who had accents,” Myra gains acceptance into the post-1950s world of her small New Finland town by becoming sidekick to the most popular girl in high school, Diann Briedenbach, and confidante to Diann’s boyfriend, football star and heartthrob. Chip Reardon.

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