Another You

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To her latest novel, Beattie brings the same documentary accuracy and Chekhovian wit and tenderness that have made her one of the most acclaimed portraitists of contemporary American life. Marshall Lockard, a professor at the local college, is contemplating adultery, unaware that his wife is already committing it.

A superb new novel by the author of Picturing Will. Marshall Lockard, who teaches English at a small New England college, is flirting with a student; his ...

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Overview

To her latest novel, Beattie brings the same documentary accuracy and Chekhovian wit and tenderness that have made her one of the most acclaimed portraitists of contemporary American life. Marshall Lockard, a professor at the local college, is contemplating adultery, unaware that his wife is already committing it.

A superb new novel by the author of Picturing Will. Marshall Lockard, who teaches English at a small New England college, is flirting with a student; his wife Sonja is playing at an affair with her boss. Into this scene, steps one of Marshall's colleagues, trailing clouds of trouble, who sets off a chain of events that catapults Marshall and Sonja into a reexamination of their marriage and themselves.

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In her latest novel since Picturing Will (LJ 1/90), Beattie again explores the anxieties of the American middle class. Using a deliberately understated narrative voice, she presents the confused world of college professor Marshall Lockheed and his wife, Sonja. As Marshall ponders whether to tell Sonja about his complicated infatuation with a student, Sonja ponders the pros and cons of revealing her brief affair with her boss. Meanwhile, repercussions from their rather unexceptional indiscretions are about to plunge both Lockheeds into some very unusual territory. In the background are Marshall's dying stepmother, a woman with secrets of her own, and a collection of mysterious letters from the past with significant links to the present. Beattie's detached prose captures characters and events photographically: precise images are put forth for the reader to ponder without authorial analysis or elaboration. At its best, this technique stimulates thought and imagination, but it will not appeal to all readers. Nevertheless, this is essential where Beattie's work is admired. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/95.]Starr E. Smith, Marymount Univ., Arlington, Va.
Howard Frank Mosher
"Powerful and entertaining...Her best novel to date and one of the very richest and satisfying new books I've read in years." -- Washington Post Book World
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679734642
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
  • Edition description: Reprinted Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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