The Daylight Marriage (Hardcover)

By Heidi Pitlor

Algonquin Books, 9781616203689, 256pp.

Publication Date: May 5, 2015

May 2015 Indie Next List

“After being together many years and having two children, Hannah and Lovell Hall are a married couple growing apart. One night they have a terrible argument in which both accusations and personal objects are thrown. The next morning the unthinkable happens and Hannah disappears. Was this her decision or someone else's? Did her husband take an unforgivable step? The Daylight Marriage is a kinder, gentler Gone Girl with characters readers actually might want to know, a page-turner that explores the depths of human relationships as well as the consequences of even the smallest decision.”
— Sharon Nagel, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI
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"A page-turning exploration of unexpressed love and unnecessary loss. Riveting and heartbreaking." --GERALDINE BROOKS, author of Caleb's Crossing

She still had time before work. She could go food shopping. She could fold the kids' laundry and get the car washed and return some library books. Or Hannah could do something else. She could do something that she had never done--drive to a part of town where she had never been, pretend to be someone that she was not.

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 She has become withdrawn.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.

"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


Praise For The Daylight Marriage

"Hypnotically readable--I absolutely couldn't put it down. The structure is brilliant, and I turned the pages with increasing dread. This book is terrific." --Stephen King

"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

"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

"Lovell Hall, a climate scientist, struggles to understand the violent forces of hurricanes but forgets to attend to the rising emotional temperatures searing his own family. A moment of uncontained rage sets in motion a tragic vortex. Pitlor's novel is a page-turning exploration of unexpressed love and unnecessary loss. Riveting and heartbreaking." --Geraldine Brooks

"Understated and plausible . . . We learn the truth about what happened to Hannah in a way that's all the more disturbing for its subtlety." -Entertainment Weekly
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