By Megan Harlan
April 09, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

On the Loose: Big-city Days and Nights of Three Single Women

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Weary of Ally McBeal-style depictions of single women as singularly desperate people, freelance writer Roth wanted to show why, statistically, more urban men than urban women want committed relationships. So from March 1997 to March 1998, she chronicled the intimate lives of three ”eligible” 30ish women — a Hollywood studio exec, a Manhattan record-label PR director, and a San Francisco ad-agency manager. Unfortunately, Roth never imbues them with much individuality (it doesn’t help that she’s chosen virtually identical women, all media professionals). Their regret-free dating adventures quickly blur into similar-sounding, self-absorbed ramblings. Ultimately, On the Loose reads like a women’s-magazine article stretched to the breaking point. C+

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