Bonjour, Tristesse

TITLE: SIN

AUTHOR: JOSEPHINE HART

PUBLISHER: KNOPF; 164 PAGES; $19

THE BOTTOM LINE: This portentous novel is full of guilty secrets, but the wages of wrongdoing may be tedium.

THE SIN IN THE TITLE IS ENVY. Iago, weep. In her second book -- her first was last year's best-selling Damage -- British novelist Josephine Hart has concocted a silly piece of romantic formula and fitted it out with enough heavy portents to sustain a Greek myth. "They say the veil that hides the future from us was woven by an angel of mercy," she muses. Or, "Novelists of our own lives,...

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