Ken Tucker
May 24, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The End of Marriage

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Nina Vida
genre
Fiction

We gave it an A-

A tragic family drama disguised as a terse thriller, The End of Marriage is Vida’s novel way of saying that nothing is what it seems. Ellie Holmgren receives a call from her sister, Alice, who says she has just shot and killed her husband, Morty, after what she claims was years of abuse. Alice has placed the gun in the corpse’s hand, and the sisters tell the police it was a suicide. One cop, Teo Domingos — a morose Vietnam vet who has ”eaten rage every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner” — doesn’t buy the sisters’ tale. In unraveling their truth, he ends up confronting his own self-deception. Vida braids their stories with strong, surprising twists.

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