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By Kim McLarin (William Morrow, 320 pages, $24.95). Emerson’s writer-in-residence explores a web of mother-daughter relationships in her third novel, Jump at the Sun. Grace lives in a tony Boston suburb while her generously paid scientist husband supports their brood. But Grace, considering the lives of her mother and grandmother, yearns for independence. Thrumming with strong voices and emotions, Jump at the Sun keeps the pace up as Grace comes to terms with her relatives’ paths as well as her own. —Cheryl Alkon