Amity Gaige O My Darling: A Novel

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O My Darling: A Novel

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"Love, marriage, the whole damn thing—all spanned in a witty, tender first novel....With a flavor of Lorrie Moore, graceful, bright, modern writing."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

O My Darling tells the story of a devoted young couple whose marriage begins to implode when they move into their first house. Though Charlotte and Clark Adair appear to live ordinary lives, their interior worlds are as bold and complex as abstract paintings colored by imagined possibilities, childhood joys, and, more darkly, by deeply buried fears. Even their cherished yellow "dream" house seems permeated with the restless discontents of its previous owners. When Clark rescues a young boy from drowning, a chain of events—some comic, some harrowing—is set in motion, revealing the fault lines of the couple's marriage and individual psyches.

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Amity Gaige is a graduate of Brown University and the Iowa Writer's Workshop. A 2004 Fulbright recipient, she teaches at the University of Rhode Island. She lives in Providence with her husband, and is at work on a new novel.

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Starred Review. Crystalline insights into the nature of love and flashes of narrative brilliance buoy a plot-deficient first novel about the strains of a young marriage. Clark and Charlotte have just moved into their first house, which is still inhabited by ghosts of other marriages. Isolated in their suburb, Charlotte nervously jokes, "[W]e live in a little diorama or something. Help, help! Let us out!" Clark is mourning the freedom of imagination that seems to have perished with his mother's recent suicide. Dead-on dialogue (" 'You're alive!' she cried. 'You jackass!' ") and moments of suburban absurdity (a public joyride on a lawn mower; the curious arrival of a nude travel magazine in the mailbox) impart the acute delight more often found in short stories. While the horror-story elements (disembodied voices; visible spirits) don't add up to much and the themes of apology and forgiveness don't fully edify, gorgeous snippets on love and marriage ("Marriage is the only punishment great enough to fit the crime of love") compensate. Gaige's precise wordplay, sharp dialogue and bite-sized themes might be better served in story form, but her novel often sparkles and delights. (May)
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