By Megan Harlan
July 16, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Physics of Sunset

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Forget hippies: Berkeley, Calif., today is a hotbed of artistically inclined yuppies who frequent Chez Panisse. In her new novel, East Bay native Jane Vandenburgh subtly satirizes her privileged, PC milieu while unsparingly tracing the adulterous affair of two bored Berkeley baby boomers: headstrong architect Alec, who resents his wife’s newfound success; and insecure, soon-to-be divorced poet Anna. Throughout the voluptuous nonlinear narrative of The Physics of Sunset, Vandenburgh forgoes romanticization: She shows how Alec’s and Anna’s marital disappointments find combustible release through sex, in raw, uncompromising erotic scenes. A-

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