Three Stages of Amazement

Three Stages of Amazement

Large Print - 2011
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Many love stories end in marriage; rare is the love story that begins with one. Lena Rusch and her husband Charlie Pepper, still believe they can have it all -- sex, love, marriage, children, career, brilliance. But life delivers surprises and tests: a stillborn child, an economic crash, a ruthless business rival and the attentions of an old lover. Touched by tragedy, Lena and Charlie must face limitation for the first time in their lives. As Lena and Charlie face the temptations of their youth and the fantasy of the redo, they discover that real life is the ultimate challenge.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2011
ISBN: 9781611730449
Branch Call Number: FICTION Edg
Description: 447 pages (large print) ; 22 cm


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Jun 11, 2011

I wish I could turn off my lit crtic. Here's a Silicoon Valley tale of marraige strained by a husband's startup ambitions.

Lena has quit her fulfilling job to stay home with the ailing baby while he husband develops his medical invention.

Poor Lena: an old flame reignites marital dissatisfaction just as her hated uncle funds the noble project.

Where's the story arc? Lena is angry and selfish from start to finish. Older women and her loving men are consistently tolerant of Lena's tantrums.

Plenty of well-decorated Atherton homes and startup financing details. Perhaps a good pool-read. But I don't have a pool.

debwalker Mar 06, 2011

"An expansive novel (with a lamentably fussy title) about the intricate economies of the American marriage."
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Gabrielle Zevin
March 4, 2011


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Marneya Apr 13, 2013

10 of 10 excellent


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