Country of a Marriage: Stories

Country of a Marriage: Stories

by Anthony Giardina
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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 friend's wife. And in "The Films of Richard Egan," the aborted career of an almost-was film star finds its echo in a suburban boy's life.

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Library Journal
This collection of short stories examines long-term relationships and coping methods used by partners who become bored. Not one of Giardina's couples is very happy. Most struggle with the crisis of wanting more. Partners yearn for a broader, more diverse, more ambitious circumference to their lives. In "Days with Cecelia" a new father prefers caring for his child to making love to his wife. In "The Lake" a small town firefighter becomes an accessory to the murder of his lover by her enraged husband. Adultery, alcohol, divorce, death, deception, and resignation all figure prominently in the outcomes of these stories. Characters are diverse and drawn with a keen eye for detail.The emotions explored are bitter-sweet at best and do not really recommend the institution of marriage. These pieces are elegantly crafted. Recommended.Joanna M. Burkhardt, Univ. of Rhode Island Coll. of Continuing Education Lib., Watch Hill

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812992359
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/12/1998
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

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