The Story of a Marriage Just after WWII, Pearlie and Holland run across each other in San Francisco, far from the Kentucky hometown where they were teenage sweethearts. They're settling… The Story of a Marriage Just after WWII, Pearlie and Holland run across each other in San Francisco, far from the Kentucky hometown where they were teenage sweethearts. They're settling… 2008-04-29 Fiction Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Book Review

The Story of a Marriage (2008)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Apr 29, 2008; Writer: Andrew Sean Greer; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Just after WWII, Pearlie and Holland run across each other in San Francisco, far from the Kentucky hometown where they were teenage sweethearts. They're settling down and raising their polio-afflicted son when a wealthy stranger shows up, claiming to be an ex-lover of Holland's — and wanting him back. ''We think we know the ones we love,'' begins Pearlie's narration, signaling the surprises that Andrew Sean Greer has waiting. While Greer is able to throw Pearlie (and us) off guard by withholding key details, too often The Story of a Marriage reads more like a writing exercise than an organic and believable character study. B

Originally posted May 02, 2008 Published in issue #990 May 09, 2008 Order article reprints
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