Two powerful and controversial novellas comprise this ironically-titled book, in which very bizarre mother- child relationships are explored. The characters in MOTHER'S DAY all believe that perfection is possible, that destiny can be controlled, that disorder can be kept at bay, and that actions occur without consequences. MOTHER'S DAY is disturbing and disconcerting; its uncluttered and direct style adds to its rawness. The writing is individual and makes for gripping reading. It makes us examine our lives to see how far we manage to keep disorder at bay by ignoring it. And it makes us wonder how narrowly we have escaped fates similar to theirs. This is LEONE SPERLING'S second book, originally published in 1984. Her first book, COINS FOR THE FERRYMAN was published by Pan Books (Australia) in 1981.