Books: The Stirring Pot

THE GOVERNOR by Edward R.F. Sheehan. 313 pages. World. $6.95.

The term "regional novel" usually applies to cameos of life from the North Woods or the Spoon River basin, but it should probably be expanded to take in Boston and the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. There are more ethnic novels around these days—with the Jews, the Irish and the Italians fighting it out for the Nostalgia Cup as they once vied for control of city councils. The Governor, the latest Irish entry, is a genial updating of the late Edwin O'Connor's Boston. All it lacks is O'Connor's stereopticon skill at making...

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