March 28, 1997 at 05:00 AM EST

The Big Picture

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
performer
Kevin Bacon, Christopher Guest, Jennifer Jason Leigh
author
Douglas Kennedy
Genre
Comedy

THE BIG PICTURE Douglas Kennedy (Hyperion, $23.95) Ben Bradford set out to become a photographer but ended up a Wall Street lawyer. Wife Beth, meanwhile, gave up writing novels to turn their suburban colonial into an antique showplace, complete with designer kids. Their trouble starts when Ben discovers that Beth is having an affair. After a confrontation with Beth’s lover turns violent, Ben flees and invents a new life for himself. Alas, having set in motion an ingenious plot, Kennedy can’t seem to find a way to end it. Instead, he offers a series of preposterous coincidences and contrivances, all the more annoying given the novel’s early promise. C

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