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THE DIVIDING STREAM (312 pp.)—Francis King—Morrow ($3).

At heart, Karen hated men. Men should be strong, brave, austere; yet her crippled professor father had cringed before pain, screaming shrilly on his deathbed: "I won't die, I won't, I won't, I won't!" From that frightening experience, the pale English girl fashions her own neurotic design for loving—"to humiliate or be humiliated."

When Max Westfield comes along, she marries him—mainly for his money. Max, a widower, is an easygoing, openhearted American, born to be humiliated. While he is at war, she has an affair with another man and bears him a child. Deeply hurt, Max...

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