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The Story of a Marriage (Hardback)
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Hardback 208 Pages / Published: 03/07/2008
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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 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.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571240982
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 329 g
Dimensions: 223 x 143 x 21 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Inspired, lyrical . . . Mr. Greer's considerable gifts as a storyteller ascend to the heights of masters like Marilynne Robinson and William Trevor. . . . [He] seamlessly choreographs an intricate narrative that speaks authentically to the longings and desires of his characters."--S. Kirk Walsh, "The New York Times
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"A beautiful, lyrical novel . . . a book full of urgent questions."--"O, The Oprah Magazine," Recommended Summer Reading
"Andrew Greer writes with an aching clarity of the heart. This is an exquisite story with shattering realizations about love."--Amy Tan, author of "The Joy Luck Club" and "Saving Fish from Drowning"

"This is a haunting book of breathtaking beauty and restraint."--Dave Eggers, author of "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" and "What Is the What
""Greer doles out revelations with grace and precision. . . . [His] prose is unerringly poetic . . . . What can be seen plainly on every page of this slim, lovely novel is Greer's prodigious talent."--Connie Ogle, "The Miami Herald"
"Bewitching . . . A book whose linguistic prowess and raw storytelling power is almost disruptive to the reader. It's too good to put down and yet each passage is also too good to leave behind....Every twenty pages or so, the plot implodes and the characters reveal themselves."--Devorah Vankin, "Los Angeles Times"

"The chronicle of one marriage, closely and elegantly examined . . . The new novel is built on several narrative surprises that cannot (or should not) be revealed. . . . "The Story of a Marriage" is more than worth the reader's attention. It's thoughtful, complex, and exquisitely written."--Carolyn See, "The Washington Post"


"Inspired, lyrical . . . Mr. Greer's considerable gifts as a storyteller ascend to the heights of masters like Marilynne Robinson and William Trevor. . . . [He] seamlessly choreographs an intricate narrative that speaks authentically to the longings and desires of his characters."--S. Kirk Walsh, "The New York Times
"
"A beautiful, lyrical novel . . . a book full of urgent questions."--"O, The Oprah Magazine," Recommended Summer Reading
"Andrew Greer writes with an aching clarity of the heart. This is an exquisite story with shattering realizations about love."--Amy Tan, author of "The Joy Luck Club" and "Saving Fish from Drowning"

"This is a haunting book of breathtaking beauty and restraint."--Dave Eggers, author of "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" and "What Is the What
""Greer doles out revelations with grace and precision. . . . [His] prose is unerringly poetic . . . . What can be seen plainly on every page of this slim, lovely novel is Greer's p

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“The Story of a Marriage”

Well, if a marraige is long, drawn out, boring and pointless then Greer got his Story of A Marraige spot on. I found it very hard work reading this book. The characters were boring, the story rather unbelievable and... More

Paperback edition
10th March 2009
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“The Story of a Marriage”

I was lucky enough to receive an early copy of this to review and it is a wonderful and beautifully written book.The narrator, Pearlie Cook, tells us the story of her marriage to Holland in the aftermath of the war in... More

Hardback edition
7th June 2008
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“The Story of a Marriage”

This is a story of a relationship triangle of a women, her husband and her husband's friend set in San Francisco in the 50's.There are many twists and turns within the story, which keeps you reading on, but... More

Paperback edition
10th March 2009
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