Books: Flibbertigibbet

LOOKING FOR WORK

by Susan Cheever

Simon & Schuster; 188 pages; $8.95

Books by the children of famous authors are guaranteed an interested or curious audience. On the debit side, the comparisons that follow are likely to be odious. Susan Cheever, 36, accepts this mixed blessing with considerable panache. She never pretends to write like her old man, John, the sage of Ossining, but she alludes regularly and playfully to his imposing presence. When her heroine, Salley Gardens (nee Potter), gets married, one of the wedding guests is J.C. Salley's father, a Columbia...

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