The Affairs of Others

The Affairs of Others

[a Novel]

Book - 2013
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This is the author's debut novel about a young woman, haunted by loss, who rediscovers passion and possibility when she is drawn into the tangled lives of her neighbours. Five years after her young husband's death, Celia Cassill has moved from one Brooklyn neighborhood to another, but she has not moved on. The owner of a small apartment building, she has chosen her tenants for their ability to respect one another's privacy. Celia believes in boundaries, solitude, that she has a right to her ghosts. She is determined to live a life at a remove from the chaos and competition of modern life. Everything changes with the arrival of a new tenant, Hope, a dazzling woman of a certain age on the run from her husband's recent betrayal. When Hope begins a torrid and noisy affair, and another tenant mysteriously disappears, the carefully constructed walls of Celia's world are soon tested and the sanctity of her building is shattered, through violence and sex, in turns tender and dark. Ultimately, Celia and her tenants are forced to abandon their separate spaces for a far more intimate one, leading to a surprising conclusion and the promise of genuine joy.
Publisher: New York :, Picador,, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250041296
1250041295
Branch Call Number: F LOY NVD
Characteristics: 291 pages ; 22 cm

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islandqueen47
Dec 20, 2013

This book does drag on.
I also keep thinking while reading that this is written by an older European woman who has very formal english as a second language. Or at least the character is conveyed that way.

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maven
Oct 20, 2013

Rather overdone writing style made me lose interest rather quickly. Keep it simple and get to the point already.

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