Harland Half Acre

David Malouf, Author Pocket Books $5.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-671-60019-8

This portrait of the influences that make Frank Harland into a painter is a moving study of the mysteries of childhood, of family ties, and of the random events that shape lives. Malouf (An Imaginary Life and Johnno has created a ""memorable book,'' PW observed. (June)