The Pregnant Widow

Inside History

By Martin Amis
(Knopf Publishing Group, Hardcover, 9781400044528, 370pp.)

Publication Date: May 11, 2010

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The year is 1970, and the youth of Europe are in the chaotic, ecstatic throes of the sexual revolution. Though blindly dedicated to the cause, its nubile foot soldiers have yet to realize this disturbing truth: that between the death of one social order and the birth of another, there exists a state of terrifying purgatory—or, as Alexander Herzen put it, a pregnant widow.

Keith Nearing is stuck in an exquisite limbo. Twenty years old and on vacation from college, Keith and an assortment of his peers are spending the long, hot summer in a castle in Italy. The tragicomedy of manners that ensues will have an indelible effect on all its participants, and we witness, too, how it shapes Keith’s subsequent love life for decades to come. Bitingly funny, full of wit and pathos, The Pregnant Widow is a trenchant portrait of young lives being carried away on a sea of change.




About the Author
Martin Amis is the author of many novels, the memoir "Experience", two collections of fiction stories, and several of nonfiction. He lives in Brooklyn.
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