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The Object of My Affection

Beers, Lorna Doone

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ISBN 10: 0671618407 / ISBN 13: 9780671618407
Published by Norton, 1966
Condition: As New Hardcover
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As new copy in fine dustwrapper. First printing indicated by number line. Pages, covers and jacket are crisp intact and unmarked. Wood engraving; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 219 pages; Summary: When Lorna Beers and her husband came to Vermont to stay, snow lay among the hills, and the wild apples clung to the branches like forgotten holiday ornaments. It was the first of May. They felt a slight sinking of the heart, for they were no longer summer residents but what Vermonters warily referred to as 'permanent summer folk.' Their house, built in 1820, offered the first challenge. It boasted the architectural oddity of the hung chimney, which, like the Indian fakir's rope, begins in midair. The author and her husband soon discovered the law pertaining to old buildings; any repair you make leads immediately to other repairs. Bookseller Inventory # 000469

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Title: The Object of My Affection

Publisher: Norton

Publication Date: 1966

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Stefan Martin

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Roommates Nina and George fall in love but the relationship is complicated by the fact that Nina is pregnant by another man and George is gay

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It's no mistake that Stephen McCauley's The Object of My Affection ends at a carnival, for the book is, shockingly enough, not about ballroom dancing or Jennifer Aniston's hair, but rather a funny, bittersweet rumination on the thrill rides we endure and the trick mirrors through which we peer, all in the name of relationships.

George is a gay kindergarten teacher, holding a torch of the inextinguishable variety for his not-worth-it ex-boyfriend. Nina is a pregnant "almost-psychologist" feminist with a nail-polish obsession and an overbearing boyfriend. The focus of the novel is certainly on the relationship between these two, but McCauley also brings an entire fictional ensemble to life, richly nuanced with quirky humor. After a night utterly devoid of sleep, romance, or even physical comfort on a stranger's futon, George decides to cut his losses and leave in the middle of the night, silently wondering about his generation's aversion to mattresses: "I've never trusted people who feel compelled to replace them with uncomfortable, expensive substitutes." As he leaves, his blind date caps off the evening with some unsolicited dietary advice, advising him that he should really cut down on dairy. "Thanks," George deadpans. "I've been meaning to eliminate it from my diet. This should give me the extra push."

The Object of My Affection gets you to care about this screwed-up lot of characters as they attempt to force the square peg of life-as-it-is-wished into the round hole of life-as-it-is. It offers no pat resolutions but rather an overall sense of hope, made all the more believable by the fact that the author has not frantically tried to tie up every single loose end. Instead, George, Nina, and those who touch them manage to push off from their unreasonably idealistic visions of the future and anchor, albeit tenuously, to the blessings of the present, resolved to remain standing amidst the forces that move them, as McCauley writes, "as inevitable as death and much stronger than love." --Bob Michaels

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