The Daylight Marriage
Available now from Algonquin Books
An IndieBound "Indie Next" pick for May
Hannah was spirited, impulsive and attractive, an upper-class young woman who picked, of all men, Lovell—an introverted climate scientist, a practical young man who thought he could change the world if he could just get everyone to listen to reason. After a magical honeymoon they settled in the suburbs to raise their two children.
But over the years, Lovell and Hannah's conversations have become charged with resentments and unspoken desires. She's become withdrawn. His work affords him a convenient distraction. And then, after one explosive argument, Hannah vanishes. For the first time, Lovell is forced to examine the trajectory of his marriage through the lens of memory. As he tries to piece together what happened to his wife—and to their life together—readers follow Hannah on that single day when a hasty decision proves irrevocable.
With unforgettable intensity, balanced wit and heartbreak, and emotional acuity, The Daylight Marriage is a novel about what happens when our intuitions lead us down the wrong paths.
The Best American Short Stories 2014
Edited by Jennifer Egan - Now available
"Working with Jennifer Egan was an honor, as well as ridiculously easy. She was a thoughtful, serious reader, never satisfied with embellishments of language nor easily tempted by likable characters. She wanted the stories to go somewhere new and strange, to surprise and confound. Every story that she chose for this book achieves these difficult feats."— Heidi Pitlor
"People will keep reading fiction as long as it provides an experience of pleasure and insight they can't find anywhere else," writes guest editor Jennifer Egan. The Best American Short Stories 2014 provides pleasurable and insightful fiction that compels, surprises, and engages. From a hospital's neonatal intensive care unit to the human face of American forces who have served in Afghanistan, from the rise and fall of an indie rocker to the fate of Madame Bovary's greyhound, the stories in this collection, according to Egan, explore "the wider world at this specific point in time."