The Story of a Marriage:
by Andrew Sean Greer
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The Confessions of Max Tivoli, Andrew Sean Greer’s ornate, allegorical, and nearly universally praised second novel, proves a difficult act to follow, though The Story of a Marriage makes a sincere effort to do so. Like its predecessor, Greer’s third effort is an intelligent and generous expression of a deeply felt humanistic vision. But the ambitious tale, modeled in part on Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier, is marred, significantly if not mortally, by the editorializing of a lugubrious narrator, strained emotional logic, and a flashback-laden narrative that is contrived if not manipulative.
Set in Northern California’s Bay Area in 1953, The Story of a Marriage is narrated by Pearlie, who looks back over many decades to a six-month period in her marriage to the handsome, complicated Holland Cook. The pair, high
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