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Jan StuartDenial is alive and well and churning in Dyker Heights, the Brooklyn neighborhood that colors the giddy curtain raiser of Two Marriages, Phillip Lopate's double bill of novellas. The thrillingly clueless narrator of "The Stoic's Marriage" is Gordon, a pudgy, pushing-50 idler and writer manque who has finally scaled the summit of domestic bliss after decades of bachelorhood…Lopate's hapless protagonist, with his tortured prose, soporific digressions and selective revelations, manages the near impossible—giving too much information and at the same time saying nothing. "The Stoic's Marriage" is a mordantly funny brickbat tossed at every diarist egged along by big publishing dreams.
—The New York Times