After the death of her beloved twin brother and the abandonment of her long-time lover, Greta Wells undergoes electroshock therapy. Over the course of the treatment, Greta finds herself repeatedly sent to 1918, 1941, and back to the present. Whisked from the gas-lit streets and horse-drawn carriages of the West Village to a martini-fueled lunch at the Oak Room, in these other worlds, Greta finds her brother alive and well—though fearfully masking his true personality. And her former lover is now her devoted husband…but will he be unfaithful to her in this life as well? Greta Wells is fascinated by her alter egos: in 1941, she is a devoted mother; in 1918, she is a bohemian adulteress.
In this spellbinding novel by Andrew Sean Greer, each reality has its own losses, its own rewards; each extracts a different price. Which life will she choose as she wrestles with the unpredictability of love and the consequences of even her most carefully considered choices?
A Washington Post Book of the Year
"We think we know the ones we love." So Pearlie Cook begins her indirect, and devastating exploration of the mystery at the heart of every relationship--how we can ever truly know another person.
It is 1953 and Pearlie, a dutiful young housewife, finds herself living in the Sunset District in San Francisco, caring not only for her husband's fragile health, but also for her son, who is afflicted with polio. Then, one Saturday morning, a stranger appears on her doorstep, and everything changes. Lyrical, and surprising, The Story of a Marriage is, in the words of Khaled Housseini, "a book about love, and it is a marvel to watch Greer probe the mysteries of love to such devastating effect."
An extraordinarily haunting love story told in the voice of a man who appears to age backwards
We are each the love of someone's life.
So begins The Confessions of Max Tivoli, a heartbreaking love story with a narrator like no other. At his birth, Max's father declares him a "nisse," a creature of Danish myth, as his baby son has the external physical appearance of an old, dying creature. Max grows older like any child, but his physical age appears to go backward--on the outside a very old man, but inside still a fearful child.
The story is told in three acts. First, young Max falls in love with a neighborhood girl, Alice, who ages as normally as any of us. Max, of course, does not; as a young man, he has an older man's body. But his curse is also his blessing: as he gets older, his body grows younger, so each successive time he finds his Alice, she does not recognize him. She takes him for a stranger, and Max is given another chance at love.
Set against the historical backdrop of San Francisco at the turn of the twentieth century, Max's life and confessions question the very nature of time, of appearance and reality, and of love itself. A beautiful and daring feat of the imagination, Andrew Sean Greer's The Confessions of Max Tivoli reveals the world through the eyes of a "monster," a being who confounds the very certainties by which we live and in doing so embodies in extremis what it means to be human.
With a classic storyteller's gift for nuance and understanding, and a poet's grace for language, Andrew Sean Greer makes a remarkable debut with How It Was For Me.
¿Quién dice que no se puede huir de los problemas?
Eres un escritor fracasado a punto de cumplir los cincuenta. Te llega por correo una invitación de boda: quien fuera tu pareja durante nueve años va a casarse con otro. Evidentemente, no puedes aceptar la invitación; la situación sería demasiado incómoda. Pero tampoco puedes rechazarla, porque parecería una derrota. Encima de la mesa hay varias invitaciones a encuentros literarios de poca monta por todo el mundo.
PREGUNTA: ¿Cómo te las arreglas para estar fuera de la ciudad?
RESPUESTA: Aceptándolas todas.
¿Qué podría salir mal?
Así empieza la vuelta al mundo en ochenta días en la que el novelista Arthur Less viajará por México, Italia, Alemania, Marruecos, India y Japón para poner miles de kilómetros de distancia entre él y el compromiso que se niega a afrontar.
Bienvenido al "bestseller" que ha tenido gran acogida por lectores de todo el mundo: una historia de amor, una sátira del estadounidense en el extranjero, una reflexión sobre el tiempo y el corazón humano. "Less" nos muestra a un escritor en la cima de su talento que alza el telón de una comedia humana universal.
«Deslumbrante, mágica y maravillosa».
New York Times
«Un logro asombroso».