Sunday, May 4, 2008

Susan Mitchell (?) The Story of a Marriage

There's a cool line pattern, like an etching, on top of this image - I wonder how they made it. All in all, the book looks great in the bookstore, and the type treatment reminds me of those old Douglas Sirk melodramas.

In San Francisco in 1953, narrator Pearlie relates the circumstances of her marriage to Holland Cook, her childhood sweetheart. Pearlie's sacrifices for Holland begin when they are teenagers and continue when the two reunite a few years later, marry and have an adored son. The reappearance in Holland's life of his former boss and lover, Buzz Drumer, propels them into a triangular relationship of agonizing decisions. Greer expertly uses his setting as historical and cultural counterpoint to a story that hinges on racial and sexual issues and a climate of fear and repression.

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