Picks and Pans Review: New in Paperback

updated 05/01/1989 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/01/1989 01:00AM

>FORTY STORIES

In this collection, language turns contortionist—winking, tumbling and settling itself into a series of wry and surprising paradoxes choreographed by the ever-innovative master of the short form Donald Barthelme. (Contemporary American Fiction)

TENANTS OF TIME Set against Irish political history from 1867 to 1891, Thomas Flanagan's long (825 pages) and literary novel is told by several narrators and peopled by more than 100 characters, but it still offers a memorable and beguiling story. (Warner)

PRIME TIMES, BAD TIMES Takeover bids, libel suits, cutbacks.... No, it's not a Dallas script; it's ex-CBS news chief Ed Joyce on events that have blackened the network's eye in the '80s. (Anchor)

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