The Weight of Love

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Shortly after turning forty, David Smith, a prosperous wine merchant happily established on Park Avenue with his wife and four children, embarks on a series of love affairs that gather in intensity and impact. As the implications of David's actions accumulate, the lives of all around him are irrevocably changed. Not least among the novel's accomplishments is its sympathetic picture of David's women: Barbara, his wife of fifteen years; Anne, elegant, removed - and badly in need of love; and Helene, a French countess in her mid-thirties lost in Manhattan.

A love story--or rather a series of love stories--this book is about perception and misperception, and about the power of love to hold us in orbit--or to set us spinning out of control. Written in a fast-paced style, it is narrated from shifting points of view that, like the most intense affairs, keep one slightly off balance and craving more.

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In a season that has already seen one fiction debut by a former top editor (Jim Landis, with Lying in Bed), Herman (formerly at Ticknor & Fields) enters the lists with a novel written during his new leisure, and it's a striking work. Herman says he was inspired by Alberto Moravia's tales of amorous obsession set in Rome, feeling he could make New York into a similarly evocative background-and he was right. His tale of David Smith, an affluent wine merchant with a beautiful wife and a happy family who is suddenly smitten with limitless hungers for women he barely knows, carries a very similar charge, compounded of an unemphatic but telling style, a keen sense of erotic atmosphere and an easy rendering of social privilege. Smith's first mistress, Anne, shocked into response by his need for her, is the parent of a daughter's schoolmate. The second is Hlne, an unhappy half-French, half-American in exile from her elderly, aristocratic husband, moving in chic ``Eurotrash'' circles. Smith's passion for her is profound and jealous, but he is unable to give up his family. The reader sees the affair through his eyes and then, daringly, through Hlne's, so that what could seem like a conventional midlife romantic fling acquires a burden of ultimately tragic implacability. Herman writes authoritatively of banal parties among the wealthy, of nouveau-riche uneasiness, of middle-aged playgirls desperate for love and children, of the dark anxieties lurking beneath apparent easy sophistication. It's a book of real scope and insight-as well as a consuming, bittersweet page-turner. Author tour. (June)
Donna Seaman
When people find themselves in the grip of a forbidden obsession, they experience both exhilaration and terror. David Smith is the exception: he doesn't recognize the risk until it's too late. A remarkably lucky and sexy man, he marries a wealthy, handsome, and eminently sensible woman, fathers four children, and excels, almost effortlessly, as a New York wine merchant. But somehow it's not enough, so he instigates an intense affair with an enigmatic, carelessly beautiful young woman named Helene. He is careful never to lie to Helene about his undiminished love for his wife, but he fails utterly to understand the severity of her frustration and loneliness. In fact, Smith understands very little about anyone, including himself. Herman, a distinguished book editor turned novelist, presents Smith's version of his relationship with Helene first. Then, in a surprise move that greatly deepens the timbre of this smart, erotic tale, he reveals the truth about Helene. Half-American and half-French, she is a melancholy countess estranged from her husband and involved in New York's glitziest party scene, a regime that brings her no joy and considerable angst. It's clever of Herman to lure readers with glamour and sex because once he has our attention, he plunges beneath this shiny surface to reveal pervasive spiritual conflicts and to offer some poignant words of wisdom.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385478151
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.64 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 1.27 (d)

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