Benjamin Markovits Either Side of Winter

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Either Side of Winter

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A book in which everyone gets happier in the course of the changing seasons of a single year.

In prose that shimmers with emotional insight and precise observation, Benjamin Markovits unlocks the souls of three teachers and a student at a wealthy private school in Riverdale, New York. For all of them, fathers and fatherhood exert a gravitational pull. Biology teacher Amy Bostick has always adored her all- American dad, but now she pulls away as she falls in love with a rich alum. Another biology teacher, Howard Peasbody, finds fatherhood thrust upon him when he discovers that a fling seventeen years before has produced a daughter, Francesca, the best friend of one of his students. English teacher Stuart Englander yearns powerfully for the children his marriage won't deliver him, leading him into awkward intimacy with his student Rachel Kranz, who, independent of her teachers' dramas, is moving closer to her own father as he dies. Shockingly beautiful and melancholy by turns, this novel is a triumph―full of satisfactions of the kind that only great literary fiction can provide.

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Benjamin Markovits grew up in Texas and London, where he now lives. He teaches at the University of London. He contributes to the New York Times, The Paris Review, Granta, the Times Literary Supplement, and others.

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In four loosely linked novellas, divided into the seasons of the year and connected by the title theme, the main characters coexist rather than interact at a private high school just north of Manhattan. In the strongest piece, "Winter," Howard Peabody, who is gay, discovers that he has an almost grown daughter, the product of a one-night stand with a close friend in college. In "Spring," Stu Englander—married, 59 and childless—longs for a beautiful student on whom he projects fertility fantasies; in "Summer," that same student deals with the impending death of her father as well as her ambivalence about the special attention she's getting from her English teacher. Markovits (The Syme Papers) begins with "Fall," the story of a class-crossed relationship among young faculty that puts father and beau, and thus father and daughter, at odds. It's most remarkable for the descriptions of the female lead, Amy Bostick: in the second remark on her thinning frame and on the smallness of her breasts, they have "diminished from hanging pears to nibs of loose skin pulled from her chest." Fair enough, but throughout, such observations on the various characters' shortcomings come off as something less than cool and adroit. It's hard to read the book beyond them. (Oct.)
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