January 27, 2003 12:00 PM

by Ron Hansen

Two Parisian lovers in mid-tiff miss their “See America” bus and are stranded in Seldom, Neb., in a romantic comedy about “a love quadrangle” with sundry locals added for optimum confusion. This slim novel has both sophisticated and down-homey humor—the latter a tad overdone—with laugh-out-loud scenes. It’s a treat as light and flaky as a croissant. (HarperCollins, $17.95)

BOTTOM LINE: French bliss

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