Second Marriageby Frederick Barthelme
“The whole book is like an interesting and just barely believable dream–one of those dreams that’s sexy, anxious, promising, and threatening at the same time.” –Anatole Broyard, The New York Times
Second Marriage takes us into the lives of Henry and Theo, a thoroughly American middle-class couple struggling to negotiate the suburban values of home and family. One of our finest writers, Frederick Barthelme chronicles a world of parking lots and shopping malls, fast-food drive-ins and bowling alleys with startling and merciless detail. Barthelme’s first novel, Second Marriage is a quirky, engaging, and finally moving drama of domestic life.
“The whole book is like an interesting and just barely believable dream”one of those dreams that’s sexy, anxious, promising, and threatening at the same time.””Anatole Broyard, The New York Times
“A delight. . . The novel’s protagonist is Henry, a graphic artist, and most of his story is told in superb, wry dialogue. His women do most of the talking and all of the seducing. It’s just like real life.””People
“His dialogue is impeccable; his characters are fully human and engaging, rendered with unsentimental warmth. He’s got a very sharp eye and a keen ear.””The New York Times Book Review
“Jane Austen and Ring Lardner would love the dialogue in this bleakly wonderful novel.””The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)