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O My Darling: A Novel

O My Darling: A Novel by Amity Gaige 1590511743 9781590511749
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O My Darlingtells the story of a devoted young couple whose marriage begins to implode when they move into their first house. The external lives of Clark, a high school guidance counselor, and Charlotte, a bookkeeper, are utterly ordinary, but their interior lives are as bold and complex as abstract paintings colored by imagined possibilities, childhood joys and, more darkly, by deeply buried fears. When Clark rescues a young boy from drowning, a chain of eventssome comic, some harrowingis set in motion, revealing the fault lines of the couples marriage and individual psyches. Amity Gaige is a consummate stylist. Her every sentence contains a tiny worldmarrying striking images to deep, soulful ideas in perfectly concise fashion. Her cool, slightly off-kilter sensibility expressed in spare, lucid prose will remind readers of Paula Fox (Desperate Characters), while her pure, hyper-real vision of suburban America places her among the most talented of the generation of writers dubbed the children of Cheever. Given its level of sophistication and off-center wit, its a bit startling to realize thatO My Darlingis Amity Gaiges first novel. The characters, beautifully drawn, are as unsentimental toward one another as their author is toward them and yet, wonderfully, this novel with its many ambushes of lyrical moments, is deeply felt. -Stuart Dybek, author ofI Sailed with MagellanandThe Coast of Chicago

Author: Amity Gaige

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 248

Publisher: Other Press

Publication Date: 2005-05-12

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