Still Life with Husband
By Lauren Fox
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780307277374, 320pp.)
Publication Date: April 8, 2008
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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Meet Emily Ross, thirty years old, married to her college sweetheart, and personal advocate for cake at breakfast time.
Meet Emily's husband, Kevin, a sweet technical writer with a passion for small appliances and a teary weakness for Little Women.
Enter David, a sexy young reporter with longish floppy hair and the kind of face Emily feels the weird impulse to lick.
In this captivating novel of marriage and friendship, Lauren Fox explores the baffling human heart and the dangers of getting what you wish for.
Lauren Fox earned her MFA from the University of Minnesota in 1998. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Utne, Seventeen, Glamour, and Salon. She lives in Milwaukee with her husband and daughter. Still Life with Husband is her first novel.
1. What does Emily's dream in the opening scene say about Emily's state of mind, and her marriage? How effective is it as a prelude to the story that follows?
“A delightful new voice in American fiction, a voice that instantly recalls the wry, knowing prose of Lorrie Moore crossed with the screwball talents of the cartoonist Roz Chast.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times“Any woman who's ever found herself looking at her life and wondering how on earth she wound up there will relate to the characters in this funny, honest novel.” —Jodi Picoult, author of Nineteen Minutes “Fox gives us an all-too-real glance into what most married people have at one time or another wondered about (if not acted upon): the thrill-ride of illicit love. Emily's first-person narrative may be laugh-out-loud funny, but it's also an honest, compassionate look at the heartbreak of misplaced intimacy.” —Amy Woods Butler, St. Louis Post-Dispatch“Read Still Life with Husband for its funny, winning voice and an ending that could be debated by book clubs for months to come.” —Ann Oldenburg, USA Today