Title: Something Borrowed
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, Boston
Publication Date: 1997
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition.
First printing, full number line. Signed by the author under her byline on the title page: "Alexander Marshall." Quarter-bound in light purple paper-covered boards with a darker purple cloth, gold-lettered spine. Book is tight and unmarked; slight spine slant; corners sharp, tail of spine bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $22.00); pink background on the jacket, which is easily faded, remains bright and vivid. Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 002594
Synopsis: "A love story about grown-ups, written by somebody with a grown-up mind." The New York Times's praise of Alexandra Marshall's first novel, Gus in Bronze, is equally, delightfully true of Something Borrowed. Here is the perfect romantic comedy for the age of divorce, a wise and wry story of unresolved relationships and unexpected second chances. Gale and Gary are a divorced couple reunited after fifteen years on the weekend of their son's wedding. Their marriage had begun with a passionate connection and, through one betrayal, ended in an explosive collapse. At middle age, each has settled into a new life with a caring new spouse. But meeting again, Gale and Gary are astonished to find that the sexual sparks still fly between them, and temptation beckons against their better judgment. One question is inevitable: Will they or won't they sleep together? Far more complicated is the question that has repercussions for everyone connected to them--their spouses, their children, their friends: Will they or won't they stay together? Something Borrowed is a novel about passion and its consequences. Sophisticated and tender, hilarious and heartbreaking, it is for romantics with a realistic view of that gray area called love.
Review: In Alexandra Marshall's fourth novel, love is certainly in the air, liable to strike most anyone. Something Borrowed focuses on the forced reunion of Gale and Gary, necessitated by the wedding of their son. Divorced for more than 15 years, the couple's marriage began as a blaze of passion and ended disastrously, so for Gary and Gale, seeing one another again after so many years could be a recipe for more fireworks. Add to the fray the current spouses of each, especially Gary's trashy young wife, and sparks are bound to fly at the Boston hotel in which the group is ensconced. But instead of anger, Gary and Gale find themselves pulled together by passion and temptation. Something Borrowed is a sophisticated examination of modern-day desire, betrayal, and infidelity.
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