So Long at the Fair

So Long at the Fair

by Christina Schwarz
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Overview

So Long at the Fair by Christina Schwarz

Is it possible to be in love with two women at the same time? This is a question Jon has been asking himself frequently these days. He's loved his wife Ginny since the days when a chance encounter in the halls of their high school would leave him unable to speak. But recently Jon has found himself bewitched by Freddi, his colleague at the ad agency, where late-night brainstorming sessions devolve into giggles and sexual attraction. As Jon's guilt becomes all-consuming and Ginny inches closer discovery, a secret kept for thirty years threatens any hope of salvation. Weaving together past and present in a small Midwestern town, Schwarz beautifully conjures the emotional labyrinth of a marriage on the brink of collapse, and a history of love and revenge.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385526593
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/08/2008
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
File size: 456 KB

About the Author

Christina Schwarz is the author of the critically acclaimed All Is Vanity and Drowning Ruth, a #1 bestseller in both hardcover and paperback, which was selected for Oprah’s Book Club and optioned by Wes Craven for Miramax. She lives in New Hampshire.


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So Long at the Fair 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
compulsivereaderSC More than 1 year ago
But it didn't. Huge disappointment from a good writer. The characters are flimsy, the plot is convoluted, and the ending just plain sucks.
Mtschanz More than 1 year ago
I must admit that the beginning of the book really grabbed me. I found the writing style interesting and it definitely kept me on my toes. The characters are genuine and they really bring you into the story and the emotions that each one is feeling while you're reading. Saying all that, it seemed like the book was building and building up to this incredibly touching and emotional ending, but to me, it fell seriously flat. I'm not going to give anything away because, as I said, the writing style is great, but I was expecting much more at the end. Enjoy it for the writing style, but try not to be too disappointed about the ending,
Dulcibelle More than 1 year ago
(review of an uncorrected proof)
I'm conflicted about this book. I didn't like any of the characters; they all seem to be refugees from a soap opera. You have the philandering husband (I just can't help myself), the "innocent" other woman (I'm not doing anything wrong), the clueless wife, the manipulative mother, and on and on. Yet, as much as I hated the characters, I just couldn't put the book down. Schwarz is a powerful enough writer that I just HAD to finish the book. And, I'll have to check out some of her other books sometime. She's just that good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Too much back and forth, refered to the characters by their first name, than their last name. Too hard to keep them straight. Maybe if they were more likeable it would have been easier. Still trying to figure out why i read the whole book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Christina Schwarz's latest takes place in small town Wisconsin. This is also the setting for her Oprah tagged, best selling novel Drowning Ruth. The entire novel takes place over the course of one day. Jon is having an affair with Freddi, a woman her works with. His wife of many years, Ginny, senses that something is a bit off, but chooses to ignore her feelings. This is the day that Jon decides to end either his marriage or his affair. Scattered throughout the book are chapters from the past. Ginny and Jon live in the same town they grew up in . Their families live there as well. These past chapters slowly expose secrets over the course of the book that are affecting the present. I did find this a bit distracting as I had to flip back and forth to make sure I was tracking the backstory correctly. The characters from the past are introduced into the present, but you really have to be on your toes to catch who's who. Schwarz's forté is the exploration of relationships. Her dialogues expertly expose the hidden feelings, desires and failures of her characters. Her descriptions of both people and settings draw strong pictures. So Long at the Fair ends ambiguously. Each reader will draw their own conclusion. I did find the cover art ambigous as well. After reading the book, I found the title to be a bit of an uninspired afterthought as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The main story in So Long at the Fair takes place over the course of one Saturday in the lives of Jon and Ginny, a married couple who had been high school sweethearts. Their relationship has stagnated and Jon is having an affair with a co-worker, which has progressed to the point where Jon must make his choice between the two women. Jon begins his day hoping to re-ignite his passion for Ginny during a day-long road trip to a nearby county fair, but ends up stomping off in anger to spend the day with his paramour (Freddi) instead, when he finds out that Ginny wants to re-schedule their outing because of previous business commitments. In addition to the main story, we have the flashback story of Jon¿s parents (Clark and Hattie) and Ginny¿s parents (Bud and Marie) in 1963 as Clark and Marie try to force Bud into a confrontation with the local playboy (Walt) who refuses to admit that he raped Hattie. Through the course of this single Saturday, both Ginny and Jon reminisce about their high school days and the accident that injured Ginny and brought the two of them together. Meanwhile a second co-worker of Jon¿s (whose wife previously cheated on him) conveniently sets the stage for Ginny to discover Jon¿s affair with Freddi. And if that isn¿t enough going on already, an old boyfriend of Freddi¿s is stalking her (and now Jon) in a deluded attempt to win her back. Obviously there is a lot going on in this book and sometimes I found it necessary to go back and re-read a chapter or two to make sure I had the story and the relationships straight. Each story ends with a subtle twist and a sense of openness that makes it seem more like the beginning of a story which is yet to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm conflicted about this book. I didn't like any of the characters they all seem to be refugees from a soap opera. You have the philandering husband (I just can't help myself), the 'innocent' other woman (I'm not doing anything wrong), the clueless wife, the manipulative mother, and on and on. As much as I hated the characters, I just couldn't put the book down. Schwarz is a powerful enough writer that I just HAD to finish the book. And, I'll have to check out some of her other books sometime. She's just that good.