Born in Paris, LILY TUCK is the author of four previous novels: Interviewing Matisse, or the Woman Who Died Standing Up; The Woman Who Walked on Water; Siam, or the Woman Who Shot a Man, which was nominated for the 2000 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction; and The News from Paraguay, winner of theNational Book Award. She is also the author of the biography Woman of Rome: A Life of Elsa Morante. Her short stories have appeared in The New Yorker and are collected in Limbo and Other Places I Have Lived. Lily Tuck divides her time between Maine and New York City.
Born in 1912 to an unconventional family of modest means, Elsa Morante grew up with an independent spirit, a formidable will, and an unshakable commitment to writing. Forced to hide from the Fascists during World War II in a remote mountain hut with her husband, renowned author Alberto Moravia, she re-emerged at war's end to take her place among the premier Italian writers of her day. When Rome was film capital of the world, she counted Pasolini, Visconti, and the young Bertolucci among her circle of friends. She was charismatic, beautiful, and fiercely intelligent; her marriage, a passionate union of literary giants, captivated a nation; her love affairs were intense and often tragic. And until now few Americans have known of this remarkable woman and her powerful, original talent.
Limbo, and Other Places I Have Lived is a brilliant collection from a writer of exceptional poise and insight.
Lily Tuck’s critically-lauded, bestselling I Married You for Happiness was hailed by the Boston Globe as “an artfully crafted still life of one couple’s marriage.” In her singular new novel Sisters, Tuck gives a very different portrait of marital life, exposing the intricacies and scandals of a new marriage sprung from betrayal.
Tuck’s unnamed narrator lives with her new husband, his two teenagers, and the unbanishable presence of his first wife—known only as she. Obsessed with her, our narrator moves through her days presided over by the all-too-real ghost of the first marriage, fantasizing about how the first wife lives her life. Will the narrator ever equal she intellectually, or ever forget the betrayal that lies between them? And what of the secrets between her husband and she, from which the narrator is excluded? The daring and precise build up to an eerily wonderful denouement is a triumph of subtlety and surprise.
With Sisters, Lily Tuck delivers riveting psychological portrait of marriage, infidelity, and obsession; charting with elegance and insight love in all its phases.
Uma das obsessões e assunto de estudo de Philip, o cálculo das probabilidades, também ajuda a conduzir a história: quais as chances de duas pessoas se conhecerem em um país estrangeiro e começarem ali uma vida em conjunto? Qual a probabilidade de o amor durar até o fim da vida?
O romance também aborda constantemente a questão dos segredos que os amantes mantêm entre si, o quanto se revela e o quanto se esconde para preservar o amor. Os temas centrais do livro são o tempo e a memória, ilustrados no trecho:
"Imaginem uma xícara de chá se espatifando no chão (...). Se vocês tivessem filmado isso, poderiam passar o filme de trás pra frente e ver todos os pedaços surgindo e se juntando de novo. (...) Essa desordem ou entropia dentro de um sistema fechado sempre aumenta com o tempo. Em outras palavras, deixado por sua própria conta, tudo decairá. (...) O aumento da desordem ou entropia com o tempo é um exemplo do que é chamado de a seta da vida. A seta da vida distingue o passado do futuro", diz Philip.
Casei com você para ser feliz recupera a trajetória de uma vida, e a anatomia de um casamento.