The Story of a Marriage
By (author) Andrew Sean Greer
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Story of a Marriage by Andrew Sean Greer
Book DescriptionIt is 1953 and Pearlie, a dutiful housewife, finds herself living in the Sunset district of San Francisco, caring not only for her husband's fragile health but also for her son, who is afflicted with polio. Then, one Saturday morning, a stranger appears on her doorstep and everything changes. All the certainties by which Pearlie has lived are thrown into doubt as she struggles to understand the world around her, most especially her husband, Holland. "The Story of a Marriage" portrays three people trapped by the confines of their era, and the desperate measures they are prepared to take to escape it.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780571240982
(223mm x 143mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publish Date: 3-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Story of a Marriage, Paperback (May 2009)View all books by Andrew Sean Greer
It is 1953, and America is still haunted by the war. Pearlie and Holland live quietly with their son in San Francisco, with a barkless dog in a vine-covered house. Apart from Holland's elderly aunts, the family have no regular visitors. That is until one day, a neat and elegantly dressed gentleman named Buzz appears at their door.
US Kirkus Review » World War II shapes and complicates a young married couple's shared and separate lives in this latest from California author Greer (The Confessions of Max Tivoli, 2004, etc.).What narrator Pearlie Cook says of her introverted spouse Holland ("We think we know the ones we love.") applies also to herself, in one of several surprise twists taken by Greer's slowly unfolding plot. We learn early on that she met shy, handsome neighbor Holland Cook in grade school in their native Kentucky. After Holland enlisted and went overseas, Pearlie moved to California, where she volunteered for a military organization, then married the wounded returning soldier (further burdened by congenital illness), devoted herself to creating a peaceful, loving environment and bore him a son (who would be stricken with poliomyelitis). Her family's story becomes entangled with that of "Buzz" Drumer, Holland's hospital roommate, whose disclosures overturn everything Pearlie thought she knew, and confirm her determination to protect her husband and son - though, she'll eventually acknowledge, she has managed instead "to step on and alter a war, and a marriage, and the course of several lives." Greer creates numerous moving moments, but they're often obscured by emotionally charged figurative language and imperfectly dramatized expressions of enlightened social and political attitudes. (If only George Orwell had edited this book ) Little more can be said without revealing the novel's crucial surprises - except that the author simply tries too hard, and the reader balks at its surplus of sentimentality.Greer's best feature as a novelist is his willingness to keep trying new things. Let's hope his next book avoids the worst excesses of this one. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Andrew Sean Greer
Andrew Sean Greer was born in Washington DC and released his debut collection of stories, How It Was for Me in 2000. His first novel, The Path of Minor Planets, was published to much acclaim in 2001, and his second book, The Confessions of Max Tivoli (2004) is an American bestseller. He lives in San Francisco.
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