From the bestselling author of "The Confessions of Max Tivoli," a
love story full of secrets and astonishments set in 1950s San
Francisco "We think we know the ones we love." So Pearlie Cook
begins her indirect and devastating exploration of the mystery at
the heart of every relationship, how we can ever truly know another
It 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. Does she know her husband
at all? And what does the stranger want in return for his offer of
$100,000? For six months in 1953, young Pearlie Cook struggles to
understand the world around her, most especially her husband,
Holland. Pearlie's story is a meditation not only on love but also
on the effects of war--with one war just over and another one in
Korea coming to a close. Set in a climate of fear and
repression--political, sexual, and racial--"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.
Lyrical and surprising, "The Story of a Marriage "looks back at a
period that we tend to misremember as one of innocence and
simplicity. Like Ford Madox Ford's "The Good Soldier," Andrew Sean
Greer's novel is a narrative tour de force that confirms him as
"one of the most talented writers around" (Michael Chabon).
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Andrew Sean Greer
||218 x 145 x 25mm (L x W x T)
||Hardcover - Sewn / Cloth over boards
||large type edition
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