Marrying the Mistress

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The most provocative novel yet from the author who writes grown-up books for grown-up people.

Joanna Trollope, whose elegant, gently provocative novels are becoming as beloved in America as in England once again "captures the poignant rituals of family attachment and detachment with delicious wryness and large doses of empathy" ( Good Housekeeping).

What happens when the esteemed head of a family--an English judge, no less--announces he is leaving a forty-year marriage to marry his mistress? How do his grown sons feel? How do his grandchildren respond? And how is that crisis compounded by the knowledge that his mistress is no mere bit of fluff but a spirited, accomplished young woman who is--to their dismay--immensely likable?

Marrying the Mistress is quintessential Trollope with an added perspective: that of the men in a family and how they interact across generations. Here are sons who could envision themselves being tempted by their father's new bride; mothers who cling forever to primacy in their son's affections; teenagers with insights clearer than their parents'. In Marrying the Mistress, Trollope combines her trademark sensitivity with a new boldness and unsentimental honesty that make this book her most true-to-life ever.

Praise for Joanna Trollope:

"Like a good kitchen chat, Joanna Trollope's novels dish out equal measures of reassuring warmth and sobering insight.... [Her] gift is her ability to capture far-flung perspectives with compassion."-- The New York Times Book Review

"Trollope . . . has a remarkable ability to penetrate her characters' humanity, to find their vulnerable inner core, without reducing them to sentimental stereotypes."--Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

"[Trollope's characters] all get their due from an author who sees through them without ever patronizing them." -- Elle

"Her books are . . . readable without being trivial, accessible without being pat, psychologically astute without being labored."-- The Wall Street Journal

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The court official leaned closer.
"What's gone past," he said, "is not just an advocate, any old lady advocate. What's gone past is his Honour's totty."
And what's going past is the life of Guy Stockdale, a 62-year-old judge, who has been married forever, has two sons--Simon and Alan--and three grandchildren. For the past seven years, he's also had a mistress. Merrion Palmer is intelligent, attractive, and half Guy's age, which also makes her younger than both Simon and Alan. Her dad died when she was a toddler and she's well aware that Guy is something of a father substitute. For years the role of mistress has suited her, but, suddenly, this style of relationship isn't enough for either of them. They've both had enough of sneaking around and avoiding people, so Guy has momentously made up his mind to leave his wife, Laura, and marry Merrion.

Marrying the Mistress dives into the shock waves that buffet the Stockdale family after Guy leaves Laura. The novel addresses the question of how his sons are going to cope, the explosive opinions of his forthright daughter-in-law Carrie and what his teenage grandchildren make of it all. Can any of them avoid taking sides? Should they? And what about the abandoned wife, Laura, a woman apparently so long-sufferingly self-sacrificing she makes Mother Teresa look selfish?

From queen of the saga Joanna Trollope comes a dexterous portrayal of the causes and effects of marital breakdown: the stresses, the battle of wills, the bitterness and personal growth, the renegotiation of relationships--and an exposure of the depths to which the moral high ground can sink.--Lisa Gee

About the Author:

Joanna Trollope, a descendant of Anthony Trollope and a #1 bestselling author in England, is most recently the author of Other People's Children, The Best of Friends, and A Spanish Lover. Her novels The Choir and The Rector's Wife were both adapted for "Masterpiece Theatre."

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