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May 10, 1999
Second Coming

Paula Fox's "Desperate Characters," reissued after 28 years, hardly feels dated -- one definition of great literature.

April 12, 1999
Immaculate Confection

"East of the Mountains," David Guterson's follow-up to "Snow Falling on Cedars," is polished, heartwarming, civic-minded -- and devoid of mystery.

March 29, 1999
All the President's Man

George Stephanopoulos's odyssey from star-struck, ambitious young politico to older, wiser, much richer pundit is an emblematic generational story -- not in a good way.

March 22, 1999
"The Handyman"
March 22, 1999
"The Pollen Room"
March 22, 1999
Lewinsky in Oz

Dorothy had ruby slippers; Monica had presidential knee pads. Dorothy had the wicked witch; Monica had Linda Tripp. Guess who the wizard is.

March 22, 1999
"The Fires"
March 15, 1999
Diet Fiction

New novels by Hanif Kureishi and Chimo are attractively slender -- the book as accesory -- but there's less there than meets the eye.

March 1, 1999
"Burning Girl"
March 1, 1999
Escape From Ireland

Out of old-fashioned Irish literary stock -- crazy father, long-suffering mother, many restless children -- Emer Martin makes a modern, fast-paced (if slightly woolly) novel.

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