When We Argued All Night

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Two young men are swimming naked in an Adirondack lake when they hear a motor, a car appears, and two women get out, one with an orange scarf around her head. It's 1936: New York is suffering through the Great Depression, frightening things are happening in Europe, and Artie Saltzman and Harold Abramovitz, friends since their Brooklyn childhood, are unsure about everything?jobs, lefty politics, women. After this time in the mountains, nothing will be quite the same.

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Overview

Two young men are swimming naked in an Adirondack lake when they hear a motor, a car appears, and two women get out, one with an orange scarf around her head. It's 1936: New York is suffering through the Great Depression, frightening things are happening in Europe, and Artie Saltzman and Harold Abramovitz, friends since their Brooklyn childhood, are unsure about everything—jobs, lefty politics, women. After this time in the mountains, nothing will be quite the same.

From World War II to the McCarthy-era witch hunts, through work, marriages, and life with children, Artie and Harold turn to each other, whether for solace or another good argument. And when Artie's daughter Brenda comes of age during the 1960s, her struggles with jobs, love, and friendship in yet another period of political turmoil recall Artie and Harold's youth.

A sweeping yet intimate novel about people who never stop loving one another despite everything life throws at them, When We Argued All Night illuminates a friendship over more than sixty-five years, as the twentieth century gives way to the changed yet recognizable times in which we live.

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“WHEN WE ARGUED ALL NIGHT provides a surprisingly intimate look at a lifelong friendship.”
New York Times Book Review
“Mattison always operates in both close-up and wide angle, and here the effect is often dazzling. Her prose is so crisp that along with all the pleasures of fiction she manages to deliver the particular intellectual satisfactions of an essay or a documentary.”
The New York Times Book Review
…Mattison always operates in both close-up and wide angle, and here the effect is often dazzling. Her prose is so crisp that along with all the pleasures of fiction she manages to deliver the particular intellectual satisfactions of an essay or a documentary…Both [Harold and Artie] are types it's all too easy to disparage: one could easily be dismissed as a shouter, always an inch away from a violent outburst, the other as a manipulative philanderer. Yet Mattison makes you care about them right to the end, and care so deeply that you take their every disappointment personally.
—Maria Russo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062120373
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/12/2012
  • Series: P.S. Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 456,496
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Alice Mattison is the award-winning author of four story collections and five novels, including Nothing Is Quite Forgotten in Brooklyn. She teaches fiction in the graduate writing program at Bennington College in Vermont and lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

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