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SOMEBODY'S DARLING

by Larry McMurtry

Simon & Schuster; 347 pages; $10

As if a first-person novel were not difficult enough, Larry McMurtry narrates his new Hollywood story in three first-person voices. In Book 1, Joe Percy, a sixtyish screenwriter and seducer of bored young Bel Air wives, speaks of his affection for Director Jill Peel. Book 2 collects the machismo sputterings of Producer Owen Oarson, who moves in as Jill's great physical love. Book 3 is written in Jill's voice—a cool meditation on her life, her men, and their inscrutable ways.

Like a Hollywood morning,...

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