Rhonda Ringler Cutler The End of Bliss

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The End of Bliss

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It's 1929, and Edith and Reuben Merkal, a couple from Long Island, are living the charmed life. Then the stock market crashes, ushering in the Great Depression. Reuben loses his construction business as well as the house he built for Edith and named 'Bliss.' The Merkals are victims of the times. Even so, they blame themselves and each other for their misfortunes. At first, Edith watches helplessly as a devastated Reuben does nothing about finding work. Eventually, she takes a job as a salesgirl, and comes to relish her growing independence. After Reuben reluctantly becomes involved with Sea Forth's small Jewish community as it fashions a response to an anti-Semitic incident, he begins to understand the reasons behind his life-long ambivalence toward his religion. His awakened sense of responsibility towards Europe's beleaguered Jewish population helps him put his own problems in perspective.

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"There could be no better time to read THE END OF BLISS, Rhonda Cutler's beautifully researched and heartfelt novel about another of our great country's bust-and-boom cycles. The story of how the Merkals redefine themselves and their marriage through the Great Depression and after shines a personal light on a continuing American story--and provides, in our own time of flux, universal understanding and solace."
JENNA BLUM, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers

"Moving from the Great Depression through the beginning of World War II, Rhonda Cutler's THE END OF BLISS offers an engaging portrait of the social and economic forces that lead to the dissolution of a marriage. As the novel opens, Reuben and Edith Merkal are an upwardly mobile young couple with a taste for the finer things in life; when Reuben loses his construction business, both Merkals are forced to dig deep within themselves to find strength and learn what they truly value. Cutler's graceful, finely detailed prose turns an unsparing eye to both Edith and Reuben and leaves the reader with a complex portrait of a flawed but very human couple.<
LISA BORDERS, award-winning author of Cloud Cuckoo Land and The Fifty-first State

"Rhonda Cutler's THE END OF BLISS is that rare novel, well realized and heartfelt. Edith, as a young, mid-century career woman, shows that freedom carries a price. There is an intimacy to the story that will surprise and thrill you. I know it did me!"
DARCEY STEINKE, author of Easter Everywhere, Milk, Suicide Blonde, Jesus Saves and Up Through the Water (both New York Times Notable Books of the Year)

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Rhonda Ringler Cutler lives with her husband in Newton, MA. This is her first novel.

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