Lucky Us
ISBN: 1565123204
EAN13: 9781565123205
Language: English
Pages: 242
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 7.00" L x 5.00" W
Weight: 1.00 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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A love story of our time. --Ha Jin, author of The Boat Rocker Once upon a very recent time in New York City, there was a couple, two ordinary single people who met the way city people meet. Even though mismatched, they fell in love. And after some hesitations they decided, finally, to marry-only to look up and find their world caving in around them. Sexy, vivacious Elisa, of the miniskirts and tiny T-shirts, still in art school and just coming off an affair with a temper-driven fellow artist, initiated things. She came on to cool, quiet Gabe who wore his hair in a graying ponytail and kept a low profile. A good bit older than Elisa-more than twenty years older, in fact-he found himself buoyed by her youth and her brashness. To her great surprise, Elisa craved Gabe's watchfulness and solicitude. That Gabe's past included a successful drug dealing business bothered her not at all. And certainly he was unconcerned that Elisa's more current past included a lot of casual sex. Neither of them ever expected to have to answer for what had been so easy for Gabe and so enjoyable for Elisa. But truth be known, the one obvious thing they had in common was the burden their pasts suddenly put onto their future. Joan Silber has written a love story for the turn of the twenty-first century, one that takes into rich account the styles and pressures of contemporary urban life. But more than that, she has created two characters who throb with real-life personality, passion, and courage.
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From the Back Cover Early praise for Lucky Us Joan Silber has written a novel both contemporary and timeless about love, its unexpected possibilities and limitations, and about the role of fate in all our lives. Her richly imagined characters and lovely prose make every page of this book a pleasure. (Margot Livesey, author of Criminals) Lucky Us is a beautiful novel. Elisa and Gabe's story is charged with desperation, tenderness, and compassion. It's a love story of our time, peopled with lively characters and packed with marvelous details. (HA JIN, author of Waiting) Praise for Joan Silber's previous fiction Joan Silber writes with wisdom, humor, grace, and wry intelligence. Her characters who lived one life when they were young emerge, after metamorphoses almost Ovidian, bewildered and grateful in another. They bear with them welcome news of how we all survive. (Andrea Barrett) Silber's prose is a marvel of compression, precision, and tact. (The Philadelphia Inquirer) Silber} pays s tribute to ordinary urban heroes - people who have lived long enough to know that when misfortune shows up, there's no need to make a fuss. She treats dysfunction a bit more gently than Lorrie Moore, with whom she shares a marvelous, perspicacious wit. (The New York Times Book Review
From the front Cover ONCE UPON A VERY RECENT TIME in New York City, there was a couple, two ordinary single people who met the way city people meet. Even though mismatched, they fell in love. And after some hesitations they decided, finally, to marry - only to look up and find their world caving in around them. Sexy, vivacious Elisa, of the short skirts and tiny T-shirts, still in art school and just coming off an affair with a temper-driven fellow artist, initiated things. She came on to cool, quiet Gabe who wore his hair in a graying ponytail and kept a low profile. A good bit older than Elisa - more than twenty years older, in fact - he found himself buoyed by her youth and her brashness. To her great surprise, Elisa craved Gabe's watchfulness and solicitude. That Gabe's past included a successful drug dealing business bothered her not at all. And certainly he was unconcerned that Elisa's more current past included a lot of casual sex. Neither of them ever expected to have to answer for what had been so easy for Gabe and so enjoyable for Elisa. But truth be known, the one obvious thing they had in common was the burden their pasts suddenly put onto their future. Joan Silber has written a love story for the turn of the twenty-first century, one that takes into rich account the practices and pressures of contemporary urban life. But more than that, she has created two characters who throb with real-life personality, passion, and courage.

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