O My Darling
By Amity Gaige
Other Press (NY), Hardcover, 9781590511749, 248pp.
Publication Date: May 2005
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Amity Gaige is a consummate stylist. Her every sentence contains a tiny world--marrying striking images to deep, soulful ideas in perfectly concise fashion. Her cool, slightly off-kilter sensibility expressed in spare, lucid prose will remind readers of Paula Fox ("Desperate Characters"), while her pure, hyper-real vision of suburban America places her among the most talented of the generation of writers dubbed "the children of Cheever."
"Given its level of sophistication and off-center wit, it's a bit startling to realize that "O My Darling" is Amity Gaige's first novel. The characters, beautifully drawn, are as unsentimental toward one another as their author is toward them and yet, wonderfully, this novel with its many ambushes of lyrical moments, is deeply felt."
-Stuart Dybek, author of "I Sailed with Magellan"and "The Coast of Chicago.