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The Court of Common Pleas

Marshall, Alexandra

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ISBN 10: 0395967945 / ISBN 13: 9780395967942
Published by Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 2001
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First printing, full number line. Signed by the author above her byline on the title page: "Alexandra Marshall." Quarter-bound in orange paper-covered boards with a black cloth, copper-foil-lettered spine. Book is tight, square, and unmarked; the dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $23.00). Brodart protected. Bookseller Inventory # 002994

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Title: The Court of Common Pleas

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, Boston

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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Marshall has the essential novelist’s gift, the creation of vivid characters,” said the New York Times. In her new novel, she has again created a cast both real and vibrant.
At sixty-three, Judge Gregory Brennan is on the brink of retirement. With his youngest daughter headed for college, he envisions traveling abroad, basking in a repose that his demanding career has not allowed, with his wife, Audrey, at his side. But Audrey has other ambitions. At forty-nine, she sees the mythic empty nest as an opportunity to explore her own potential as a medical student. When Audrey reveals her plans, Greg-ory is overwhelmed, and he emotionally retreats, causing a rift that neither one of them ever anticipated.
Marshall has been praised for her insight into the complexities of modern marriage, capturing it as an institution about competing needs and shifting wants” (Baltimore Sun). In THE COURT OF COMMOM PLEAS, marriage is not unlike the general trial court where Gregory presides. But the ruling in Gregory and Audrey’s own case remains to be seen. Can their disparate life plans be mediated and their differences reconciled? Marshall offers a nuanced portrait of a marriage in the throes of a midlife crisis and reveals, with an encompassing kindness, the tenderness, frustration, bewilderment, and ultimately the joy of a marriage willed to endure.

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"Alexandra Marshall has written a fine and moving narrative of a good marriage about to unravel in the throes of a midlife crisis. The Court of Common Places is a novel of unusual warmth and humanity." –Anita Shreve

"Once again, Alexandra Marshall practices her specialty – the diagnosis of comtemporary marriage—and she makes us care about this husband and wife, and about their problem that serves as a lens through which we see how to unravel, not cut, the knottedness of middle-aged love. The wisdom here is useful, the prose is lithe, and the story is irresistible." –Frederick Busch

"The Court of Common Pleas is a vivid dispatch from the guerrilla war called marriage, the combat zone where the outcome is ever in doubt. A fine, vibrant novel." –Ward Just

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