Books: Suburban Diaspora

STERN (191 pp.) — Bruce Jay Friedman —Simon & Schuster ($3.95).

Behind the sword dancing and cymbal clashing of the bestseller lists, where titles assail the eye from ads and authors assail the ear on panel shows, there are books that glow and grow with a life of their own, "discovered" and talked up by readers rather than literary promoters. Currently sparking such a small-scale chain reaction is a strange and touching little first novel called Stern. It is giving Author Bruce Jay Friedman, 32, who has published some short stories and who works...

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