The Edge of Marriage

Stories by Hester Kaplan

Lyrical, rich, and wise, these stories explore the nature of attachments and the crises that test them

Reviews

“Reading these stories is like watching a window shatter in silence—we become mesmerized by the stark beauty of disintegration.”
New Yorker

“Graceful, accomplished prose”
New York Times Book Review


The Edge of Marriage introduces a remarkable new writer."
—Annie Dillard

“Tough-minded reports from the marital frontlines . . . A precisely observant collection, unsparing, original, and resonant.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Like the tightly crafted stories of Raymond Carver and pre-postmodern Flannery O’Connor . . . Kaplan’s disquieting stories are a confluence of emotive narration, precisely placed dialogue, and shadowed imagery.”
Austin Chronicle

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Description
The characters in this extraordinary debut collection fi nd themselves caught between commitment and responsibility. In one story, a wife struggles to care for her adulterous husband after a car accident. In another, a husband finds himself drawn to his wife's former lover. In language that is eloquent and precise, these stories speak to the mysteries of friendship and marriage. This startling and powerful collection is illuminated by keen insight and hope.
Series/imprint:
Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction

Page count: 192 pp.
Trim size: 5.25. x 8

 



Paper
List price: $19.95
978-0-8203-3517-9
03/15/2010

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Hester Kaplan is the author of the novel Kinship Theory. Her work has been widely published and included in The Best American Short Stories series. She is on the faculty of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Lesley University and received an NEA Fellowship in Creative Writing in 2008. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.