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Marry or Burn
     

Marry or Burn

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by Valerie Trueblood
 

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From the author of Seven Loves comes this austere, passionately shaped collection of stories that courageously explores the dynamic nature of modern marriage, the life-shattering heartbreak that often accompanies its collapse, and the fickle way in which the boundaries between us can be broken, erased, and newly defined.

At her daughter’s wedding,

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From the author of Seven Loves comes this austere, passionately shaped collection of stories that courageously explores the dynamic nature of modern marriage, the life-shattering heartbreak that often accompanies its collapse, and the fickle way in which the boundaries between us can be broken, erased, and newly defined.

At her daughter’s wedding, an alcoholic widow finds a new beginning when she is swept off her feet by the bride’s former secret lover. A man finds himself in a position of terrible power when he discovers his ex-wife’s boyfriend with another woman. A woman who killed her policeman husband in a rage struggles to reconcile feelings of emotional worthlessness and a longing for human affection after two decades in prison. A widower of twenty-three years introduces his wary daughters to his new love, a woman whom he has decided to marry one week after meeting, and who once took an axe to a bear to save her husband.

Trueblood unites past and present through her characters’ complex personalities as she skillfully unravels their tumultuous relationships, giving readers a glimpse into marital circumstances that, though often tragic, will surely ring familiar.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Trueblood's title sets the stage for a collection concerned with relationships and their perils, but these 12 startling tales of love and loss come as a welcome surprise. Trueblood (Seven Loves) catches the reader off guard from the start by opening with a story about a woman serving time in prison for murdering her husband. The stories that follow address relationships from refreshingly oblique angles: a teenage boy deals with his mother's infant son born out of wedlock in "Luck"; in the formally daring "Invisible River," a mother has an intimate dance with her daughter's ex-lover at the daughter's wedding. Secondary characters and narrative tangents envelope the larger plot and reveal hidden layers, resulting in a panoramic view of contemporary romantic rituals. Bracing honesty and elegant turns of phrase ("She put a lament into the name") mask the few moments when narrative details get lost. Trueblood's saturated prose imparts each story with a unique atmosphere and infuses the collection with an understanding that to love is to live, for better or for worse. (Nov.)
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Praise for Marry or Burn

"Marry or Burn is a large-hearted, utterly human collection of life-experienced narratives so full that it is difficult to read more than one consecutively." —Irish Times

"Marry or Burn resolutely probes the idea and range of marriage, letting us gaze at a variety of couplings from differing angles, forming a dangerous, sharp-edged mosaic." —The Seattle Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582438580
Publisher:
Counterpoint Press
Publication date:
11/01/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
File size:
327 KB

Meet the Author

Valerie Trueblood is a cotrustee of the Denise Levertov Literary Trust and is a contributing editor of The American Poetry Review. Her novel, Seven Loves, was selected for Barnes&Noble’s Discover Great New Writers program. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

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