Time Will Darken Itby William Maxwell
Pregnant with her second child, Martha King finds her marriage to lawyer Austin King more and more frustrating when her husband befriends his young foster cousin, Nora, and, in the process, unwittingly jeopardizes his marriage, career, and place in the community.
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William Maxwell was born in 1908, in Lincoln, Illinois. When he was fourteen his family moved to Chicago and he continues his education there and at the University of Illinois. After a year of graduate work at Harvard he went back to Urbana and taught freshman composition, and then turned to writing. He has published six novels, three collections of literary essays and reviews, and a book for children. For forty years he was a fiction editor at The New Yorker. From 1969 to 1972 he was president of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, He received the Brandeis Creative Arts Award Medal and, for So Long, See You Tomorrow, the American Book Award and the Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He died in 2000.
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Buy, Buy, Buy. I highly recommend this wonderful book. I first read about in a brief interview of Joyce Maynard in the New York Post. She found it hilarious but also deep, not at all superficial. The story is simple. A man's foster family (his father or grandfather was raised by the ancestors of this particular family) comes to visit the house one summer. Little does the protagonist know that their visit will last 6 weeks and will bring about much drama. All of the characters are 3 dimensional and will keep you thinking. For example, Austin King. Is he noble or just morally selfish? Nora, is she brilliant or just young, naive and hopelessly in love? Is Martha King the one intelligent redeeming character or just a whiner? You have to read the book. Toward the end, you are at the edge of your seat and after you finish the conclusion, rather than just forgetting about the story and going to another book, you find yourself rethinking certain scenes and parts of the story. Most of all, you find yourself thinking very deeply about the characters. I started off loving Austin at the beginning and middle of the book. But by the end, I felt that Austin was a wimp and a phony and Martha was the true wise owl. Highly recommended.