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UPDATED 01/14/1980 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 01/14/1980 at 01:00 AM EST

by Susan Cheever

Yes, Susan, 36, is John Cheever's daughter, but she wouldn't have needed a famous dad to sell this first novel. Her rather loose plot concerns a young woman who marries a divorced man with two children, finds it was a mistake, has a fling with a famous sculptor who marries someone else, and then writes for a newsmagazine. The protagonist is a literary groupie, who is rather spoiled and occasionally tiresome, but this is the freshest fictional examination of the New York cultural scene in years. "There's a whole generation of women," the heroine says in describing a friend, "who want to stay inside that golden circle that society describes, who want to love men, and have pretty dresses and learn to cook and bear children in peace, but who can't help being a little different. And that makes them want to change things." The novel is not really about women's lib, though. It's about freedom, and it's very good. (Simon & Schuster, $8.95)

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