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ALL IN THE FAMILY by Edwin O'Connor. 434 pages. Atlanfic-LiMie, Brown. $6.95.

With each new book he writes, any conscientious author tries to surpass his best previous performance. In the case of Edwin O'Connor, his best previous performance was The Last Hurrah (TIME, Feb. 13, 1956), an unforgettable portrait of an Irish politician doomed, like the torchlight procession, to extinction. O'Connor's next two novels, The Edge of Sadness and I Was Dancing, fell progressively short of Hurrah's high mark. All in the Family falls shorter still.

In format, Family is like every other O'Connor...

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