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Andrew Sean Greer

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Andrew Sean Greer was born in Washington, D.C. on November 5, 1970. He received a bachelor's degree from Brown University and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Montana. His collections of stories, How It Was for Me, was published in 2000. His novels include The Path of Minor visa mer Planets, The Story of a Marriage, and The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells. The Confessions of Max Tivoli received the California Book Award and the New York Public Library Young Lions Award for an author under 35 and Less received the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2018. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre


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A beautifully structured and written story that will appeal especially to fans of romance but is worthwhile even to a cynic like me. Recommended for all libraries.
librarianarpita | 196 andra recensioner | Nov 19, 2023 |
The Story of a Marriage is an intimate meditation on the unknowability of other people, even people we love, as in spouses, friends, or relatives. A housewife in mid-20th Century San Francisco assumes that she understands her husband, knows who he is, and knows he loves her. This challenging novel is an example and an exercise in finding out how wrong such assumptions are bound to be. As stiff a challenge as this piece was to write, Andrew Sean Greer handles all the structural and all the narrative-order issues with a sure hand, never missing a beat or a cue. The result is convincing and memorable, and satisfies the reader that the author’s powers were equal to the task. The result has satisfying twists and turns which make a gratifying whole.

The story weds Holland, a strikingly handsome man who effortlessly captivates everyone, and Pearl, a woman whom Holland finds beautiful, much to her surprise. They seem destined to be together: they were teen sweethearts in wartime Kentucky before Holland was conscripted; they meet again a few years later by utter chance at Ocean Beach in San Francisco. They embark on married life and have a son, but a few years into this son’s life, a man comes to Pearl’s home and introduces himself as someone who knew Holland during the war.

Thus begins the heart of the novel. It takes quite a bit of time for Pearl to learn why this man, himself handsome, well-dressed, and mannerly, visits their home. Once she does, however, she feels her life begin to spin away from her, her young family and her way of life in jeopardy of disintegrating. The novel consists of her reaction to this realization, the dear assumptions she must abandon, and a suspenseful discussion as she readies herself for wrenching change.

All this is, as I say, very competently handled by Greer. However, Holland remains a cipher throughout most of the book. He’s the fulcrum, the nucleus of the story, and without knowing his mind, or how to read the signs of how he feels, we are held in suspense. The ultimate reveal occurs very near the end of the narrative, but even after the result is made known, this character remains mysterious.

And perhaps that is Greer’s pièce de résistance, the fact that we as the readers remain just as much in the dark about this man as do the characters in the book.

This novel is disciplined, logical, and satisfying. We dwell for a long time in a woman’s mind, a woman who suddenly has a lot to lose, and she comes believably across in that role. It evokes the zeitgeist of the time (the U.S. just as the Korean War winds down, but the Cold War remains at its peak) to a T, and has twists and turns enough to surprise and give us reason to appreciate the work as well-handled.
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LukeS | 66 andra recensioner | Oct 30, 2023 |
As much a story about love as a love letter to language.
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Danielle.Desrochers | 196 andra recensioner | Oct 10, 2023 |
Sticking with my original impression. Too much describing as opposed to showing--a good idea but poor execution.

Started this last night. The premise is interesting, but the writing is somewhat clumsy. I'm going to hold out through the evening commute and tonight.
lschiff | 56 andra recensioner | Sep 24, 2023 |



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