The Affairs of Others

The Affairs of Others

Book - 2013
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Five years after her young husband's death, Celia Cassill has moved from one Brooklyn neighborhood to another, but she has not moved on. The owner of a small apartment building, she has chosen her tenants for their ability to respect one another's privacy. Celia believes in boundaries, solitude, that she has a right to her ghosts. She is determined to live a life at a remove from the chaos and competition of modern life. Everything changes with the arrival of a new tenant, Hope, a dazzling woman of a certain age on the run from her husband's recent betrayal. When Hope begins a torrid and noisy affair, and another tenant mysteriously disappears, the carefully constructed walls of Celia's world are soon tested and the sanctity of her building is shattered, through violence and sex, in turns tender and dark. Ultimately, Celia and her tenants are forced to abandon their separate spaces for a far more intimate one, leading to a surprising conclusion and the promise of genuine joy. Here the author investigates interior spaces, of the body and the New York warrens in which her characters live, offering a startling emotional honesty about the traffic between men and women. This is a story about the irrepressibility of life and desire, no matter its sorrows or obstacles.
Publisher: New York : Picador, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250041296
Branch Call Number: FICTION Loy
Description: 291 pages ; 22 cm


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Dec 20, 2013

This book does drag on.
I also keep thinking while reading that this is written by an older European woman who has very formal english as a second language. Or at least the character is conveyed that way.

Oct 20, 2013

Rather overdone writing style made me lose interest rather quickly. Keep it simple and get to the point already.


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