Published by Algonquin Books on January 5th 2016
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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 She has become withdrawn.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
PLEASE WELCOME HEIDI TO BOOKHOUNDS!
- What is on your nightstand?
Purity by Jonathan Franzen and The Children’s Act, by Ian McEwan. Also on my nightstand is a stack of literary journals that I read for my day job as the series editor of The Best American Short Stories. And by stack I mean perilous, towering, ceiling-high, Jenga-like structure of magazines and journals that publish American short fiction
- What author would you totally fan girl?
I might fan girl Virginia Woolf. Also Tina Fey.
- What makes you cringe?
Things that make me cringe: humble-bragging, purple prose, artisanal anything.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
I am not a plotter. I wander blindly into each new novel and fumble around until I can find the hallways and doors. It’s an inefficient way to work, but the only one, I find, that leads me to organically create tension and conflict.
- Is there a word you love to use?
I like simple words that feel translucent to me and bring the reader closer to the material, the characters: he said, we went, she looked. To me, writing these very basic words usually means that something is happening in the story and that I’m not hiding behind language right then.
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