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The Country of Marriage

Giardina, Anthony

ISBN 10: 0679456287 / ISBN 13: 9780679456285
Published by Random House, 1998
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First Edition (first printing). The first story collection by this playwright and author of MEN WITH DEBTS and A BOY'S PRETENSIONS, tales that act as a window into the lives of domestic men. Fine/Fine. Signed by Giardina on the title page. Bookseller Inventory # 10453

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Title: The Country of Marriage

Publisher: Random House

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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"Anthony Giardina has an exquisite sense of the nuances of gesture and voice, the clamor of things unsaid."  
--The New York Times Book Review

The Country of Marriage is a window into the lives of men as they confront the darkness at the heart of domestic existence. And with this collection of stories, Anthony Giardina takes his place among the finest writers of short fiction in America today. His work has appeared in Harper's, Esquire, GQ, and The New York Times Magazine and has been showcased alongside the work of such contemporary giants as Tobias Wolff and Robert Stone. He is that rare artist whose stories will endure.

The Country of Marriage shows, with frightening clarity, that the most ordinary lives are fraught with secret dreams and frustrations that can both support and sabotage everyday love. Giardina looks at our relationships--with an eye capable of clinical precision but never devoid of compassion--and gives voice to the emotions that lie unexplored and unexpressed beneath their seemingly placid surface.

In "Days with Cecilia,'' a highly articulate shop teacher reveals by attrition the sexual secret of his marriage. In "The Lake," a young fireman confronts his complicity in the murder of his best friend's wife. And in "The Films of Richard Egan," the aborted career of an almost-was film star finds its echo in a suburban boy's life.

These are emotional landscapes at once familiar and unsettling, with characters who are instantly recognizable but endlessly surprising. Brilliantly observed and masterfully told, The Country of Marriage is an unforgettable montage of lives of dwindling promise, of stubborn hope, of emotional atrophy, and of the courage to take root in the indifferent soil of modern existence.

From the Back Cover:

"Anthony Giardina is a remarkable fiction writer, rich in voice and perception. The Country of Marriage is a splendid collection of stories."
--Robert Olen Butler

"These are disturbingly well written stories that manage to be pitiless without being cruel. Giardina has an extraordinary gift for describing the eddies of power in what seem to be familiar relationships. The effect is frightening and, I fear, true."
--David Hare

"A number of these stories rival Cheever in epiphanic power."
--Bernard Cooper

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