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SINCERELY, WILLIS WAYDE (511 pp.)—John P. Marquand— Little, Brown ($3.95).

When Willis Wayde was a young man, his father had a serious talk with him. "Willis," said the old man, "you keep on trying to be something you aren't, and you'll end up a son of a bitch . . . A lot of people do before they know it, son." Willis Wayde does, before he knows it.

The typical Marquand hero is usually caught in the middle-classic double play: Ford to Buick to Cadillac. But where The Late George Apley had a lot of...

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