January 15, 1990 12:00 PM

>CAT’S EYE A successful painter recalls girlhood torments and betrayals during a visit to her old hometown in this dark but memorable Margaret Atwood novel. (Bantam)

THE CORPSE HAD A FAMILIAR FACE Here’s a nonfiction collection proving that when things go bump in the Florida night, Miami Herald crime reporter Edna Buchanan is usually on hand to describe the bumpee and make some guesses about the bumper. (Berkley)

THE LYRE OF ORPHEUS The last in a trilogy that started with 1982’s The Rebel Angels, this Robertson Davies novel crams some Arthurian myth and mystery into present day Toronto. (Penguin)

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