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An extraordinarily accomplished first novel. -- Ellen Douglas, The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Josephine Humphreys is the author of Dreams of Sleep, which won the 1985 Hemingway Foundation Award for a first work of fiction; of Rich in Love, made into a major motion picture; and of The Fireman's Fair (all available from Penguin).

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Product Details

  • Series: Contemporary American Fiction
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (May 7, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140077871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140077872
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,565,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Darby McGill on December 3, 1998
Format: Paperback
i loved this book, especially the characterization of Alice. She's a woman who goes by omens, including what's carved by strangers' fingernails on a frozen package of chicken. Humphreys makes each of the three characters a star for one chapter, so you can really get inside their heads and receive information that the other characters don't know. It's about hope and despair and human relationships, the darkness of marriage and the light at the end of it. i like how Alice smokes just as it gets dark, when she feels the most despair.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bomojaz on March 28, 2005
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This was Humphreys's first book, and I still think it's her best. Alice and Will, after ten years, are finding their marriage on the rocks. Humphreys offer an extremely insightful dissection of this marriage, its possitives and negatives, and what makes these two characters tick. The writing is strong and assured, and I thought her exploration was interesting from cover to cover.
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By Katie on May 26, 2011
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This book was a direct recommendation from one of my favorite authors, and I was very glad I bought it! The story is not exactly a thriller, and not for everyone. There is a little language, so watch out kiddos, but fairly appropriate. A believable but interesting story about a woman whose marriage is falling apart, and her babysitter who has quite a life of her own, and how they help each other. Good resolution as well.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Judge on February 1, 2010
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Honestly, this book wasn't that bad. Sure it had some dry spots, but what book doesn't ? I was given this book to read for one of my school projects/essays and i must say that it was one of the better books i've been instructed to read . Also. i think that even if i hadn't of been required to read it, I still would have because it really was interesting .Everything Humphries makes happen in this novel about a 10year marraige gone wrong is realistic . I recommend it to anyone who isn't just looking for continous action in a book .
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9 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 10, 1998
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I read constantly and seldom have I encountered a more repellent group of characters. I had to read the entire book for a book club (or I would have tossed it away after 50 pages), and found myself hoping for a plague, a nuclear holocaust, anything to remove such repulsive people. Vain, apathetic, stupid, cruel, selfish...it's difficult to care about a book when you despise ALMOST all of the characters. Even Iris had her moments of cruelty. I wonder why the author created them and hope they're not based on real people. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
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