Books: Bonjour Ennui

Precocious Novelist Franchise Sagan, 21, is probably France's most successful export to the U.S. since French fried potatoes and Chanel No. 5. Her neat, sentimentally acid little accounts of old-hearted juveniles and middle-aged delinquents were widely cheered by the critics, eagerly bought by the customers. Still on the bestseller list after 16 weeks is A Certain Smile (TiME, Aug. 20), a thin quadrangle story about an ever-so-wise teenager, her ever-so-world-weary lover, the lover's all-understanding wife and the girl's rather sappy boy friend. In Harper's Bazaar, witty Playwright Jean Kerr (wife of New...

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