THE HOURS is a deceptively simple little book that you might be tempted to dismiss. Like "Seinfeld," it appears to be about nothing, or little more than nothing. But that would be unfair and, ultimately, inaccurate.
At its core, THE HOURS concerns itself with Clarissa, a New York City book editor who is planning a party for her friend, Richard, an AIDS-afflicted poet who has just won a literary award. This slice of Clarissa's life is interspersed with a fictionalized account of Virginia Woolf's last, waning days before her suicide, and a post World War II narrative about Laura Brown, a California housewife with a picture