A Life In Men: A Novel

A Life In Men: A Novel

by Gina Frangello

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After a close friend’s death, a terminally ill woman embarks on a series of affairs in this novel by the author of Every Kind of Wanting.

The friendship between Mary and Nix had endured since childhood, a seemingly unbreakable bond, until the mid-1980s, when the two young women embarked on a summer vacation in Greece. It was a trip initiated by Nix, who had just learned that Mary had been diagnosed with a disease that would cut her life short and who was determined that it be the vacation of a lifetime. But by the time their visit to Greece was over, Nix had withdrawn from their friendship, and Mary had no idea why.

Three years later, Nix is dead, and Mary returns to Europe to try to understand what went wrong. In the process she meets the first of many men that she will spend time with as she travels throughout the world. Through them she experiences not only a sexual awakening but also a spiritual and emotional awakening that allows her to understand how the past and the future are connected and to appreciate the freedom to live life adventurously.

“A terrific book, a tender story of friendship, and a frank story of a young woman’s adventures with an assortment of oddly funny, violent, and quirky men. It’s intense and beautifully written.” —Audrey Niffenegger, New York Times–bestselling author of The Time Traveler’s Wife

“Original and fearless . . . A powerful portrait of human connection and individual triumph.”?People, 3.5 stars out of 4

“A stunning novel—Frangello’s broken characters live in a world of terror and redemption, of magnificent sadness and beauty.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616203498
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/04/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 434
Sales rank: 1,095,875
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

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Gina Frangello is a cofounder of Other Voices Books and the editor of the fiction section at The Nervous Breakdown. She is also the author of one previous novel and a collection of short stories. She lives in Chicago. Her website is www.ginafrangello.com.

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author of "The Time Traveler's Wife" Audrey Niffenegger

"A Life in Men is a terrific book , a tender story of friendship, and a frank story of a young woman's adventures with an assortment of oddly funny, violent, and quirky men. It's intense and beautifully written." --Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife

author of "The Still Point of the Turning World" Emily Rapp

“Gina Frangello’s luminous novel is deeply human, darkly funny, seriously sexy; it brims with artistry and intelligence and heart . . . Frangello illuminates the ways in which life itself is an illusion, but a grand and beautiful and heartbreaking and brilliant one.” --Emily Rapp, author of The Still Point of the Turning World

author of "We Only Know So Much" Elizabeth Crane

“Frangello delivers truth in the form of brave, purposeful, masterful prose.” --Elizabeth Crane, author of We Only Know So Much

author of "This Bright River" Patrick Somerville

“An epic tour de force capturing a woman’s entire life amid a world torn apart by terrorism and alienation, and ultimately, it is an exploration of what individual fulfillment means in such a world, and how grief, identity, sexuality, and responsibility intersect.” --Patrick Somerville, author of This Bright River

author of "Once Upon a River" Bonnie Jo Campbell

“A joyful, ambitious novel that is also an adventure traversing three continents, a meditation on love, sex, and, most important, friendship, which can overcome time, distance, and even death.” Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of Once Upon a River

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