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Constance

A Novel
McGrath, Patrick, 1950- (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Constance
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"The cool, beautiful Constance Schuyler lives alone in Manhattan in the early 1960s. At a literary party, she meets Sidney Klein, a professor of poetry twenty years her senior. Sidney is a single father with a poor marital record, and he pursues Constance with relentless determination. Eventually she surrenders, accepts his marriage proposal, and moves, with some dread, into his dark, book-filled apartment. She can't settle in. She's tortured by memories of the bitterly unhappy childhood she spent with her father in a dilapidated house upstate. When she learns devastating new information about that past, Constance's fragile psyche suffers a profound shock. Her marriage, already tottering, threatens to collapse completely"--Amazon.com.
Authors: McGrath, Patrick, 1950-
Statement of Responsibility: Patrick McGrath
Title: Constance
a novel
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2013
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Characteristics: 229 p. ; 22 cm.
Summary: "The cool, beautiful Constance Schuyler lives alone in Manhattan in the early 1960s. At a literary party, she meets Sidney Klein, a professor of poetry twenty years her senior. Sidney is a single father with a poor marital record, and he pursues Constance with relentless determination. Eventually she surrenders, accepts his marriage proposal, and moves, with some dread, into his dark, book-filled apartment. She can't settle in. She's tortured by memories of the bitterly unhappy childhood she spent with her father in a dilapidated house upstate. When she learns devastating new information about that past, Constance's fragile psyche suffers a profound shock. Her marriage, already tottering, threatens to collapse completely"--Amazon.com.
Subject Headings: Fathers and daughters Fiction Spouses Fiction Dysfunctional families Fiction Family secrets Fiction New York (N.Y.) Fiction
Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Psychological fiction
Topical Term: Fathers and daughters
Spouses
Dysfunctional families
Family secrets
LCCN: 2012025657
ISBN: 9781608199433
1608199436
Branch Call Number: FIC M
Research Call Number: JFD 13-2555
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May 22, 2014
  • molmil8 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Couldn't there be at least one likeable character? Got tired of reading about what people were thinking and feeling and longed for a more conventional story-telling approach while reading this novel.

Sep 14, 2013
  • gvlee rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Beautifully written, with a literary feel, but depressing. This is not a feel good novel.

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