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Memories of a Marriage

By Louis Begley

From the author of Wartime Lies and About Schmidt, an irresistibly entertaining novel about a man struggling to understand his friends' seemingly charmed marriage, which may have been doomed from the start.

In the unforgiving class system of the 1950s, Lucy de Bourgh, daughter of one of Rhode Island's first families and beneficiary of an ample trust fund, was married to Thomas Snow, son of a Newport garage owner and his bookkeeper wife. It hardly mattered that Thomas was a graduate of Harvard Business School, or that he went to work for a great Wall Street firm and succeeded beyond expectations. In Lucy's eyes, he remained irremediably a "townie." Decades later, a chance meeting brings Lucy together with Philip, our narrator. They'd known each other earlier, and he remembers her as a ravishing, funny, ready-for-anything hellion with a well-earned reputation for generosity with sexual favors. He also remembers Thomas, killed in a freak accident years after his and Lucy's divorce, and is shocked to hear Lucy refer to Thomas insistently as "that monster." How is he to reconcile that unexpected and overflowing reservoir of bitterness and resentments with his own memories? Almost against his will, Philip sets out on a quest that soon becomes an obsession to discover who exactly these friends were whom he had understood so incompletely, and what happened in their marriage. Through Philip's patient probing, a brilliant portrait emerges of Begley's heroine: infinitely complex, irresistible as well as insufferable, capable of extremes of arrogance and submission, and driven by sexual appetites she cannot control. Lucy de Bourgh is without doubt one of Begley's strongest and most outrageous creations.

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Format: Book
Author: Begley, Louis
Summary: Reconnecting with a vibrant woman from his past, Philip is shocked to learn that her seemingly charmed marriage ended in divorce and tragedy and that the woman regarded her ex as a monster, a revelation that compels him to investigate the truth.
Title: Memories of a Marriage / Louis Begley.
Subject: Autobiographical memory -- Fiction Nineteen fifties -- Fiction Marriage -- Fiction
Isbn: 9780385537469 (alk. paper) 0385537468 (alk. paper)
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Call Number: F Begley
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Format: Book
Author: Begley, Louis
Summary: Reconnecting with a vibrant woman from his past, Philip is shocked to learn that her seemingly charmed marriage ended in divorce and tragedy and that the woman regarded her ex as a monster, a revelation that compels him to investigate the truth.
Title: Memories of a Marriage / Louis Begley.
Edition: First edition.
Description: 188 pages ; 22 cm
Subjects: Autobiographical memory -- Fiction
Subjects: Nineteen fifties -- Fiction
Subjects: Marriage -- Fiction
Genre: Psychological fiction.
LCCN: 2012043331
ISBN: 9780385537469 (alk. paper)
ISBN: 0385537468 (alk. paper)
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Available Copies: 0
Total Copies: 3
Call Number: F Begley