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* The Pregnant Widow
Martin Amis. Knopf, $2 7.95 (400p) ISBN 978-14000-4452-8
Amis revisits themes from his early novels--sex, class resentment, lust, humiliation, obsession--with the grim perceptiveness of experience in this fascinating return to form. It's 1970, and 20-year-old Keith Nearing is spending the summer in Italy with a small group of friends, primary among them on-again/ off-again girlfriend Lily and her gorgeous, unfortunately named friend, Scheherazade. The easiness between Keith and Lily begins to crumble as Lily picks up on Keith's perhaps requited attraction to Scheherazade. As Lily …