Kate Christensen, Jeremy Thrane (Anchor, $13 paper). Sexual ventriloquism is the trickiest of literary stunts, and Kate Christensen didn’t pull it off with complete success in her second novel, narrated by a 35-year-old kept man who gets dumped by his rich lover, a deeply closeted movie star. But even if you don’t quite buy the eponymous Thrane as a believably gay man, you’ll still find yourself disarmed and enthralled by the sharply observant wit of this smart yet heartfelt chronicle of life in Manhattan’s fast lane. Christensen’s fourth novel, The Great Man, will be published in August. I’m soooo there (TT).