Indiscretion

Indiscretion

by Charles Dubow

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ISBN-13: 9780062201058
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/05/2013
Pages: 388
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.29(d)

About the Author

Charles Dubow was born in New York City and spent his summers at his family's house on Georgica Pond in East Hampton. He was educated at Wesleyan University and New York University. He has worked as a roustabout, a lumberjack, a sheepherder in New Zealand, and a congressional aide, and was a founding editor of Forbes.com and later an editor at Businessweek.com. He lives in New York City with his wife, Melinda; children, William and Lally; and Labrador retriever, Luke. This is his first novel.

What People are Saying About This

Kate Christenson

“Indiscretion richly delves into the complex permutations of love. Charles Dubow writes with nuanced precision, and his characters are captivatingly real. This is a fine, supple, riveting first novel.”

Chris Pavone

“Charles Dubow has pulled off something remarkable: a finely tuned, perfectly pitched literary novel with the urgency of a tensely plotted thriller. I couldn’t put it down.”

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Indiscretion: A Novel 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 81 reviews.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
This is the type of book that once you pick up, you can't put back down because you are instantly enchanted by the story. I was immediately intrigued after reading just the Prologue and was certainly not disappointed with the rest of the novel. The main characters in the novel - Walter, Claire, Harry and Maddy - they are very realistic written. Each have their distinct personalities, unique quirks, and personal flaws. The characters are written in such a way that the reader feels instantly at ease with them, almost as if we've known them ourselves for years. They easily endear themselves to the reader and we let our guards down for them, definitely not knowing where the story or their lives will lead us. It all starts so innocent and enchanting during a lazy summer in the Hamptons. Things soon turn from idyllic to something much deeper and darker with secrets abounding. The heart of the novel takes place in the East Hamptons, where our four main characters meet for the first time and become entwined in a strange game of sorts. The writing of the book is simply incredible. It's lyrical and enchanting - completely enthralling the reader into the midst of the story and not letting go until we're out of breath and the story is suddenly over. This book is definitely one that demands to be read in one sitting, with the pages being devoured and the reader begging for more. After reading this complicated and sophisticated novel, one will be thinking and talking about it for a long time to come. It's the type of book that sticks with you long after you finished the last page. I will definitely be reading more of this author's works and I highly recommend this book for lovers of deeply layered fiction and twisted story lines. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
robinpeggy More than 1 year ago
Brilliant first novel.  Each character is indelibly sketched and I couldn't put it down....no spoilers in this review, but the plot twist is really well done.  A beautifully written portrait of very believable people.  You will care about what happens to each of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw this was the Nook daily find and was looking for something to keep my occupied during a sleepless night (I am a night shift RN). I figured with a title like indiscretion it would be a quick read without much plot. I was wrong. It was excellently written. I found myself drawn to and empathizing with each of the main characters, which is difficult to do. Plot twists were somewhat predictable, however, I had to keep reading just to see how the author had each character react to the situations. Finished the book in a matter of hours and was pleasantly surprised.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very strange writing pattern. Didnt finish it. Disappointed that I spent the $2.00.
Cycling_Chef More than 1 year ago
INDISCRETION is a page-turning novel of an age-old story, freshly told. Writing a spoiler-free review is a challenge, but here goes. The characters are interesting and flawed and could be your friends or neighbors, (or yourself, but, hopefully, not). The reader feels like a fly on the wall watching the beautiful and troubled story unfold. The author's writing style is smart and lyrical evoking a strong connection with the characters and their loves, loneliness, heartbreak, joy and anger. It's worth mentioning another reader's review that this is NOT romance,chick-lit or mommy porn, but a thought-provoking novel I could not put down. Recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Life has enough sadness in it. This book is depressing. Should have stopped before the end .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful. I might be in the minority, but I didn't see the ending coming. The characters were so well written, I felt as if I knew them I had to race through it b/c I couldn't wait to see where it was headed, and now that its over I think I'll go back and read it again. Wonderful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story and the consequences of the characters' actions just shook me. Very unsettling and quite frankly a miserable ending. I appreciated the realistic approach... and that not all lives/stories end happily...but good grief. I needed to erase this from my mind once I was done.
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
Harry and Maddy are a happily married middle-aged couple with a young son who has health issues. Harry is a famous author, Maddy the party hostess and friend everyone adores. They have a social circle that includes Walter, a lonely man who is our narrator. A beautiful young woman named Claire enters their lives and they take her under their wing, and all is well until their happy little world is shattered by an indiscretion.  Most of these type of  novels are about the woman wronged, but I found this look at adultery from the male perspective intriguing. Walter, the friend, is the narrator and given that this takes place mostly on a summer place in the Hamptons and is about an obsessive love affair, it echoes The Great Gatsby. The characters are interesting, especially Maddy, and the plot keeps the reader invested in the story. The last few chapters are incredibly sad  and devastating, and I found myself impressed with Dubrow's ability to move the reader so deeply in his debut novel. There are some explicit (and well written) sex scenes, so if that offends you, this book may not be for you.
tigerlille More than 1 year ago
Beautifully, elegantly written novel; you savor each page, despite the knowledge that this story's inevitable end will be a bad one.  i suspect that the people who found this book "boring," etc., were looking for a pop music type of read, which this is not. Complex characters, and a world peopled by the east coast wealthy and elite.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters well drawn. I could predict how the less than innocent Claire would behave and frankly I was repulsed by her blatant ingratitude and self serving plotting. Ugh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never write reviews. But I couldn't stop reading this book. If you just liketo read then you'll like this book its a tragic love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read, thought provoking, realistic and you feel the gamut of emotions reading it. Love the authors writing style and can't wait to read more from him. 300 pgs
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Quick, enjoyable read
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I loved this book! Once I started reading it I could not put it down. Simply riveting.
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This book was kind of boring and I never really got into it. The characters were under developed and you never really connected to any of them. The story dragged and it was kind of predictable. Don't really recommend.
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Sorry, this was such a depressing end! I know life is not all happy endings but the entire last half was sad, haunting and depressing!
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