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CIRCLES: A WASHINGTON STORY by ABIGAIL MCCARTHY 251 pages. Doubleday.$7.95.

There was Joseph and Mary and Gene. Now there is Abigail. It is not at all likely that the long-separated wife of former Minnesota Senator Eugene McCarthy will ever gain the fame, or notoriety, of those other American McCarthys. But in her own gentle way. Abigail McCarthy is making a deserved and distinctive name for herself as the most perceptive analyst of the precarious role of women in the male-dominated world of U.S. politics. First in her well-crafted autobiography. Private Faces/Public Places, now in her slim first novel, Abigail...

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