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The Story of a Marriage

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The Story of a Marriage

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
58249
publisher:
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a B

Just after WWII, Pearlie and Holland run across each other in San Francisco, far from the Kentucky hometown where they were teenage sweethearts. They’re settling down and raising their polio-afflicted son when a wealthy stranger shows up, claiming to be an ex-lover of Holland’s — and wanting him back. ”We think we know the ones we love,” begins Pearlie’s narration, signaling the surprises that Andrew Sean Greer has waiting. While Greer is able to throw Pearlie (and us) off guard by withholding key details, too often The Story of a Marriage reads more like a writing exercise than an organic and believable character study. B

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