When Professor Alice Prescott writes a best-selling novel based on her passionate, once-troubled marriage to journalist Tom Winslow, the couple's quiet Connecticut life is shaken by more than bad memories. Th e past itself returns, as if beckoned by Alice's book. Now, the Winslows learn what their unyielding love has cost them--and others.
Th e Chastened Heart is a novel of middle class American and European manners, satirical yet compassionate, realistic yet committed to the spiritual and ethical concerns of the very best fi ction. Robert Crooke's deeply emotional narrative urges a reader to follow the Winslows into a past that is both personal and universal, and to embrace with them the mysteries that their marriage represents.
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Robert Crooke has produced something astonishing--a literary page turner. --Eileen Charbonneau, author of Waltzing in Ragtime and Elements of the Novel.
What distinguishes Robert Crooke's work from that of other authors is a quality of grace. It is as if his words were lit from within. He is an author of rare intelligence, a literary artist with a gift for elevating the details of ordinary life into art, and art into something both resonant and wonderfully entertaining. These things are certainly true of The Chastened Heart, a novel whose wealth of human experience and depth of emotion render its characters, as it will readers, inexorably changed. --Vinton Rafe McCabe, author of Death in Venice, California.