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Angelica Rice, heroine of Fay Weldon‘s Splitting, has several personalities—and disguises. And because these personalities are “perforated” and not “split,” they cooperate to help Angelica through a divorce. The professional Angelica, nicknamed “Jelly,” secretly works for her husband’s divorce lawyer; the earth-motherly Angelica takes care of domestic chores; and the sex maniac Angelica seduces her chauffeur (much to her co-personalities’ dismay). Although so many chatty, bickering personas may prompt readers to say, “Enough already,” Weldon (who also wrote The Lives and Loves of a She-Devil) inventively and humorously depicts a woman on the rebound. She reads at 7 p.m. at Olsson’s, 1200 F St. NW. FREE. (202) 347-3686. (Nathalie op de Beeck)