Sunday, April 12, 2009

Book Review: The Story of a Marriage by Andrew Sean Greer

This book defies review. Almost anything at all I would say about it would be a spoiler. The story unfolds so subtly, but so shockingly, that I'm still thinking about the implications after a night's sleep.

Marriage is my business (I'm a marriage counselor) so of course this book's title grabbed me. Oh yes, I want to hear another marriage story! This is the story of Pearlie and Holland Cook, living in San Francisco in the 1950's. Awesome writing, lyrical prose, you will get pulled in and won't want to stop. I read it in one sitting.

I'm sorry I can't say too much more, because of the spoilers. This story so typifies the marriages of the 50's though. So much unsaid. We're doing a little better now - at least we're saying more. Now we just need to figure out how to say more without destroying everything!! But I digress. Read this. It's great!!

3 comments:

3M said...

I didn't care for this one *at all*, but I know some loved it.

You're absolutely right, though. This is a book that is impossible to review without giving away spoilers.

Literary Feline said...

You've definitely got my attention this one. Subtle and shocking . . . I must read this!

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