The Daylight Marriage
The Daylight Marriage
Algonquin Books, Paperback, 9781616205317, 272pp.
Publication Date: January 5, 2016
Hannah was tall and graceful, naturally pretty, spirited and impulsive, the upper-class young woman who picked, of all men, Lovell---the introverted climate scientist who thought he could change the world if he could just get everyone to listen to reason. After a magical honeymoon, they settled in the suburbs to raise their two children. But over the years, Lovell and Hannah's conversations have become charged with resentments and unspoken desires. She has become withdrawn. His work affords him a convenient distraction. And then, after one explosive argument, Hannah vanishes. For the first time, Lovell is forced to examine the trajectory of his marriage through the lens of memory. As he tries to piece together what happened to his wife--and to their life together--readers follow Hannah on that single day when a hasty decision proves irrevocable. With haunting intensity, a seamless balance of wit and heartbreak, and the emotional acuity that author Heidi Pitlor brings to every page, "The Daylight Marriage "mines the dark and delicate nature of a marriage. A page-turning exploration of unexpressed love and unnecessary loss. Riveting and heartbreaking. GERALDINE BROOKS, author of "Caleb's Crossing" In "The Daylight Marriage, " there are two mysteries--the whereabouts of a missing woman and the vagaries of the human heart. Heidi Pitlor explores both of these enigmas with equal mastery, merging a shocking crime story with an incisive portrait of a failed marriage. The result is a novel that is fast-moving, emotionally complex, and ultimately heartbreaking. Tom Perrotta, author of "Nine Inches" Pitlor brings forth the emotions that surge beneath the surface with the precision and power of a conductor . . . This powerful analysis of how dreams become nightmares will make readers want to hold their loved ones close. "Booklist, " starred review.
About the Author
HEIDI PITLOR is a former senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and has been the series editor forThe Best American Short Storiessince 2007. She is the author of the novels The Birthdays and The Daylight Marriage.