In this powerful new book from an esteemed novelist and acclaimed short-story writer, Marian Thurm expertly draws a chilling portrait of a marriage and the downward spiral of a loving husband and father who has bought a handgun as the novel opens.
Stacy and Roger seem to have it all: a wonderful marriage, a luxurious Upper East Side apartment with all the accoutrements of the wealthy, and two endearing young children enrolled in private schools. But what appears to be "the good life" to their family and friends is not what it seems in this fast-paced, suspenseful novel that shows the sinister effects of a destructive marriage and the pursuit of the privileged life.
Thurm, who, according to the New York Times Book Review, "writes brilliantly of the battle of the sexes", has done so again in The Good Life.
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Storytelling at its best
Yes, once I have recovered emotionally from the first reading, I'd like to re-read it, knowing the outcomes for the characters.
Hard to say, probably the way it engages the reader with the characters, particularly Stacy, and makes the reader really care about what happens to them and her. I think that is probably the essence of good storytelling - if you don't care what happens to the people, why read on?
Her reading was excellent - she has a beautiful voice, got all the characters, no caricatures or annoying tics. I would seek her out in future.
Yes, and I did. Finished it at about 1.30 am and then couldn't sleep because I was thinking about it.
I can't wait to see more from Marian Thurm.
- L. Fuchs