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Matrimony (Vintage Contemporaries) by [Joshua Henkin]

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Matrimony (Vintage Contemporaries) Kindle Edition

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In 1987, Manhattan-reared hothouse flower Julian Wainwright matriculates at the alternative Graymont College for the express purposes of attending Professor Stephen Chesterfield's exclusive fiction writing workshop. As Chesterfield dryly infuses his writing wisdom, Julian befriends the cocky, aloof, lesser-born Carter Heinz when they are the only two to whom Chesterfield gives the nod. Carter soon meets Pilar in the cafeteria; Julian meets Mia in the laundry room. Carter's simmering class resentment of Julian surfaces. Senior year finds the two couples living next door to one another and plotting their futures. Henkin (Swimming Across the Hudson) subsequently follows the lovers for the next 15 years through countless college towns, family dramas, failed literary projects and the dot-com boom. Many scenes are too long, and never get below the surface of the cast, particularly wannabe-litterateur Julian. But for a book called Matrimony, Henkin offers surprisingly little about Julian and Mia's marriage, so when big confrontations do arrive, they quickly slide into melodrama. By then, lines like But I don't want to get my M.F.A. Can't you understand that? I've already been in enough writing workshops will have cleared the classroom. (Oct.)
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Henkin (Swimming across the Hudson, 1997) is the most unassuming of storytellers, his scenes consistently low-key and his prose refreshingly unadorned. Yet, slowly and steadily, he builds a deeply affecting portrait of a marriage, tracking its evolution over 20 years. Julian Wainwright, the wealthy son of longtime New Yorkers and an aspiring novelist, meets Mia Mendelsohn, the daughter of a Canadian physicist, in the laundry room of their bohemian college. Their rapport is immediate; they share the same slightly goofy, whimsical sense of humor and a buoyant optimism. Over the next decades, as they move from one college town to another, Mia becomes a therapist, Julian suffers a massive bout of writer's block, and they have a falling-out over Julian's best friend but then reunite and decide to have a child. Henkin emphasizes the passage of time and how it both brings the two new challenges and deepens their bond. In this heartfelt homage to the risks and rewards of marriage, Henkin never artificially amps up his material, instead allowing the quiet accumulation of his characters' shared experiences to create for his readers a world they will recognize and relate to. Wilkinson, Joanne --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B001EUGCUC
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Vintage; Reprint edition (Aug. 26 2008)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 363 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 306 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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Joshua Henkin's new novel, MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS, has recently been published by Pantheon. He is also the author of the novels SWIMMING ACROSS THE HUDSON, a Los Angeles Times Notable Book; MATRIMONY, a New York Times Notable Book; and THE WORLD WITHOUT YOU, which was named an Editors' Choice Book by The New York Times and The Chicago Tribune and was the winner of the 2012 Edward Lewis Wallant Award for Jewish American Fiction and a finalist for the 2012 National Jewish Book Award. He lives with his wife and daughters in Brooklyn, NY, and directs and teaches in the MFA program in Fiction Writing at Brooklyn College.

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