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Harry and Madeleine Winslow seem to have it all. Harry has recently won the National Book Award, and Madeleine, who comes from money, does everything, from playing tennis to cooking dinner, with sophisticated ease. Then, during one of their weekends at their Hamptons house, they meet beautiful 26-year-old Claire, an unabashed admirer of their lifestyle, who soon comes to be a fixture at their summer parties. When the Winslows decamp to Rome, where Harry struggles to complete his new novel, Claire is bereft. Then Harry returns to the States for a meeting with his publisher, and his chance encounter with Claire leads them to embark upon a passionate affair. All of the drama unleashed by their betrayal of Maddy is conveyed by Walter, a childhood friend of Maddy’s who has long been in love with her. In his first novel, Dubow proves himself to be an elegant writer with a shrewd sense of how to shape his material for the broadest appeal. Glamorous settings, old money, and steamy sex all combine to make this one a totally addictive read. --Joanne Wilkinson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Indiscretion richly delves into the complex permutations of love. Charles Dubow writes with nuanced precision, and his characters are captivatingly real. This is a fine, supple, riveting first novel.” (Kate Christenson, author of The Great Man and The Astral)
“Charles Dubow has pulled off something remarkable: a finely tuned, perfectly pitched literary novel with the urgency of a tensely plotted thriller. I couldn’t put it down.” (Chris Pavone, author of the New York Times bestseller The Expats)
“An epic novel of friendship, betrayal and undying love ... outstanding” (Kirkus)
“A smart, sensuous, and moving debut. … Delicious. ... The characters exude a Jazz Age glamour.” (O magazine)
“A cultural lament wrapped in a lesson about extramarital lust--a riveting read.” (Daily Beast)
“Dubow proves himself to be an elegant writer with a shrewd sense of how to shape his material for the broadest appeal. Glamourous settings, old money, and steamy sex all combine to make this one a totally addictive read.” (Booklist)
“Dubow’s first novel is a deliciously absorbing page-turner. His captivating characters jump off the page to pull the reader into their story.” (Library Journal (starred review))
“Dubow has composed an addictive first novel that keeps the reader guessing with the turn of each page. . . . INDISCRETION transcends the love story archetype.” (BookPage)
“Charles Dubow’s greatest triumph is in the way that he reinvents and reinvigorates familiar themes in a mesmerizing new way.” (New World Review)
“An homage to Gatsby-right down to its Nick Carraway-ish narrator-this is a suspenseful, diverting debut.” (People)
“Dubow writes with a kind of urgency that grabs you by the pajamas and won’t let go. Indiscretion is a page-turner of high style.” (Washington Independent Review of Books)
Do not read this book unless you have a box of tissues at hand. It is that good! A "grown up" bittersweet love story.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed this book. It's well written, good prose, likeable and believable characters, and you are drawn in to their lives, knowing something ominous is about to happen. Read morePublished 1 month ago by STL Carol
Comparisons between this debut novel and Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby can be drawn: the Winslows- Maddy and Harry have it all including a summer "cottage" at the sea... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Brett H
Unbelievable characters. Harry barely knew Claire but all of a sudden 'he loves her'!
Dialogue was very poor between them, especially as he was supposed to be an author. Read more
Every ingredient of a good book.... A perfect recipe.
This was so much more than I expected, kept me guessing, made me smile, and broke my heart. Beautiful.
This is an extremely well-written novel. I loved it; it was passed around my office and everyone who read it absolutely loved it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by SandyTulsa
Charles Dubow's debut novel "Indiscretion" is a romance novel/tragedy that will tug at your heart strings & make you wonder about the choices we make in our relationships. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Paul L.