UNUSUAL COMPANY by Margaret Erhart (E. P. Dutton: $17.95; 225 pp.).
This first novel, written in the first-person, is about Franny, a woman in her early 20s who is initiated into love by Claire, 10 years her senior. (All characters, including Franny's parents, are referred to by first names only.) The action, such as it is, travels from New York to the Northwest Coast to Santa Fe, but this is a novel in which setting has little relevance and plot even less. There is plenty of graphic, often violent sex, and plenty of talk, including musings about Eve and the serpent. There is also frequent mention of voyeurism, and the reader is de facto a voyeur of Franny's consciousness-raising.