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By Elinor Lipman

MALIBU RISING
By Taylor Jenkins Reid

Everyone in Malibu knows the four children of Mick Riva, a pop singer of Frank Sinatra-level fame and irresistible, movie-star good looks. He enters and leaves marriages with impunity, but who can blame a character whose “gravitational pull was such that he had to repel anyone he did not wish to actively attract”? To his credit — and to the credit of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s eighth novel, “Malibu Rising,” which introduces Mick — he has fathered stable, loyal, talented children.

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