Three Stages of Amazement
By Carol Edgarian
(Center Point, Hardcover, Large Print, 9781611730449)
Publication Date: April 2011
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“I have nothing but praise for this wonderful novel! Edgarian's ability to capture the reality of the everyday routines and dilemmas of her characters results in a powerful connection with the reader. Her interconnected stories grip us not only because of the lessons they teach, but also because of her astonishing skill and wisdom as a storyteller who makes the mundane become so compelling. I truly couldn't stop thinking about these people long after turning the last page.”
-- Roberta Rubin, The Book Stall At Chestnut, Winnetka, IL
Many love stories end in marriage; rare is the love story that begins with one. Lena Rusch and her husband Charlie Pepper, still believe they can have it all -- sex, love, marriage, children, career, brilliance. But life delivers surprises and tests: a stillborn child, an economic crash, a ruthless business rival and the attentions of an old lover. Touched by tragedy, Lena and Charlie must face limitation for the first time in their lives. As Lena and Charlie face the temptations of their youth and the fantasy of the redo, they discover that real life is the ultimate challenge. Told with eloquence and compassion, Three Stages of Amazement is a true thriller of the heart, a riveting story about confronting adversity, gaining wisdom, and finding great love.