Niagara Falls All Over Again by Elizabeth McCracken (Delta, $12.95). The only boy among six sisters, Mose Sharp flees Des Moines for the vaudeville circuit, playing straight man to Rocky Carter. Their comedic Laurel-and-Hardy-like act takes them from vaudeville to radio to Broadway and, finally, to Hollywood. Along the way, Mose marries Jessica, while self-destructive Rocky goes though wives and booze. Eventually, their partnership begins to founder. McCracken is good with quirky set pieces as she deftly explores the complexities of Mose and Rocky's relationship.
-- Knight Ridder Newspapers