The Edge of Marriage


Title Details

Pages: 192

Trim size: 5.250in x 8.000in



Pub Date: 03/15/2010

ISBN: 9-780-8203-3517-9

List Price: $22.95

The Edge of Marriage


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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.

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

About the Author/Editor

HESTER KAPLAN is the author of the novels The Tell and Kinship Theory and of the short story collections Unravished and The Edge of Marriage. Her short fiction and nonfiction has been widely published and anthologized, including in the Best American Short Stories series. She is a recipient of an NEA fellowship, several state arts council grants, the McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Nonfiction, and the Salamander Fiction Prize, among others awards. She is cofounder of Goat Hill Writers and is on the faculty of Lesley University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing. She lives in Rhode Island.