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In Edmund White’s most moving novel yet, an American living in Paris finds his life transformed by an unexpected love affair.
Austin Smith is pushing fifty, loveless and drifting, until one day he meets Julien, a much younger, married Frenchman. In the beginning, the lovers’ only impediments are the comic clashes of culture, age, and temperament. Before long, however, the past begins to catch up with them. In a desperate quest to save health and happiness, they move from Venice to Key West, from Montreal in the snow to Providence in the rain. But it is amid the bleak, baking sands of the Sahara that their love is pushed to its ultimate crisis.
“Written with characteristic brilliance and the particular flair for poetic detail that so distinguishes his books, Edmund White’s new novel is arguably his best to date.... Marvellously life affirming....Nobody since Proust has written so well of Paris and paid such scrupulous attention to visual detail.... In short, nothing less than brilliant.”—The Times (London)
“The most beautifully written of White’s novels.... [A] deeply moving story of human love and loss.”–Atlanta Journal—Constitution
“Deeply moving...White rings new changes on the old themes of mortality and forgiveness.”–The New York Times Book Review
“A potent mix of tragedy, romance, and cultural comedy.... The Married Man underscores White’s reputation as a supremely gifted stylist.”–The Boston Phoenix
“One of the most powerful, candid, devastating and moving novels I’ve read in recent years. It is both beautifully written and unsparing in its honesty.”—Joyce Carol Oates