A Bigamist's Daughter by Alice McDermott

By Alice McDermott

The long island instances Bestselling writer of After This and Charming Billy

Elizabeth Connelly, editor at a brand new York self-importance press, sells the dream of book (admittedly, to writers of questionable talent). tales of actual emotional intensity not often move her table. but if a tender author named Tupper Daniels walks in, bearing an unfinished novel, Elizabeth is attracted to either the novelist and his story—a lyrical story a few guy in love with a couple of girl without delay. Tupper's manuscript unlocks thoughts of her personal secretive father, who himself could have been a bigamist. As Elizabeth and Tupper look for the ideal dénouement, their affair, too, methods a such a lot unforeseen and poignant coda.

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In his arms. The wind changed gear like a transport with the throttle of the racing sea. He picked up the bottle. Before he could, sprinting to it, fight with the rusted latch, 49 thudding lances of rain pinned him against the door, but he shouldered it open, then he heard the crash of thousands of iron nails poured in a basin of rain on his tin roof. The cloud galleons warred with flashing blue broadsides. Achille, soaked to the skin, filled the lamp and lit it; he angled the brass guard leeward of the wind and whipped off his shirt in bed.

Asked the glass sea-horses, curling like questions. earth had he when he had a good life up shook their beards angrily, The there? like come for, sea-mosses submarine cedars, while he trod the dark water. Wasn't love worth more than the coins of light pouring from the galleon's doors? In the corals' bone kingdom In that wavering garden his skin calcifies. huge on hinges fans swayed, while fingers of seaweed pocketed the eyes of coins with the profiles of Iberian kings; here the sea-floor was that showed you mud, not corrugating sand its ribs; had goggling eye-bulbs; here, the mutating fishes in that world without sound, they sucked the white coral, draining and what looked like didn't like leeches, boulders sprung the pincers of crabs.

In rain hat and yellow slicker, she bent over their beds in the gentler drizzles; then the beds would darken, the drizzles grow thicker in an even heavier downpour than the 55 last.

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