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The Country of Marriage by Anthony Giardina

Anthony Giardina has an exquisite sense of the nuances of gesture and voice, the clamor of things unsaid. --The New York Times Book Review The Country of Marriage is a window into the lives of men as they confront the darkness at the heart of domestic existence. And with this collection of stories, Anthony Giardina takes his place among the finest writers of short fiction in America today. His work has appeared in Harpers, Esquire, GQ, and The New York Times Magazine and has been showcased alongside the work of such contemporary giants as Tobias Wolff and Robert Stone. He is that rare artist whose stories will endure. The Country of Marriage shows, with frightening clarity, that the most ordinary lives are fraught with secret dreams and frustrations that can both support and sabotage everyday love. Giardina looks at our relationships--with an eye capable of clinical precision but never devoid of compassion--and gives voice to the emotions that lie unexplored and unexpressed beneath their seemingly placid surface. In Days with Cecilia, a highly articulate shop teacher reveals by attrition the sexual secret of his marriage. In The Lake, a young fireman confronts his complicity in the murder of his best friends wife. And in The Films of Richard Egan, the aborted career of an almost-was film star finds its echo in a suburban boys life. These are emotional landscapes at once familiar and unsettling, with characters who are instantly recognizable but endlessly surprising. Brilliantly observed and masterfully told, The Country of Marriage is an unforgettable montage of lives of dwindling promise, of stubborn hope, of emotional atrophy, and of the courage to take root in the indifferent soil of modern existence.

Author: Anthony Giardina

Language: English

Edition: 1st

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 205

Publisher: Random House

Publication Date: 1998-01-12

Our Price: $5.74

ISBN: 0679456287

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