FICTION: A Selection of the Year's Best Books

ENTERING EPHESUS, by Daphne Athas. Genteel poverty in the South, growing pains, jinks (both high and low) for three teen-age sisters and their slightly ante-bellum family—circa 1939.

THE BOOK OF DANIEL, by E.L. Doctorow. A highly dramatic and emotionally intense novel about a brother and sister whose parents, like Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, were tried and executed for treason.

THE DICK GIBSON SHOW, by Stanley Elkin. An aging radio announcer turns his life and profession into a sensitive but comic American myth.

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MISS JANE PITTMAN, by Ernest J. Gaines. One of America's best but least-known novelists pursues the enduring...

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