Picks and Pans Review: New in Paperback

updated 09/24/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/24/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>AFFLICTION A portrait of violence begetting violence, Russell Banks's realistic novel about the desperation and violence of a small-town New Hampshire cop and well driller is both disturbing and powerful. (Harper/ Perennial)

AMONG SCHOOLCHILDREN Crises, triumphs and the ineluctable routines of public school mark Tracy Kidder's sometimes insightful account of a nine-month sojourn in a classroom of fifth graders in Holyoke, Mass. (Avon)

DISAPPEARING ACTS

Terry McMillan's second novel offers a raucous romance—involving a music teacher and a construction worker—that's sassy, smartly drawn and engaging. (Washington Square)

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