Stars and Bars

William Boyd, Author Penguin Books $6.95 (334p) ISBN 978-0-14-008889-2

Very shy and utterly British Henderson Dores comes to New York to work as an art expert. His strongest desire is to become a ""real,'' spontaneous American, which occurs in unusual fashion after a painful trip to the South. PW gave a rebel yell for Stars and Bars, noting that it ``pokes fun at the British and Americans, at lifestyles and responsibilities, at life in general.'' (July)