07/30/1979 at 01:00 AM EDT
>•SOPHIE'S CHOICE by William Styron—Southern Gothic meets the Holocaust, and the result is a deeply affecting, important novel.
•THE SITWELLS by John Pearson—A fabulously eccentric literary family makes a delightful group biography.
•A BEND IN THE RIVER by V. S. Naipaul—The tale of an Asian merchant in modern Africa is deceptively simple, strangely engrossing.
•WILD OATS by Jacob Epstein—This brisk, funny first novel about college days is from a 23-year-old who just finished his.
•TRIAL RUN by Dick Francis—Detective buffs will revel in the tale of a British jockey who tries to thwart a terrorist plot at the Moscow Olympics.