Louise Cooper has been battling cancer for over twenty years. Her growing resentment towards her suburban life and her husband, Nat, compounded by his affair, have left her longing for the life she dreamed of having in her youth. Meanwhile her family are facing other challenges. Her son Danny, a lawyer in San Francisco, has discovered his lover is growing obsessed with online sex, and her daughter, a lesbian protest-singer, announces herself pregnant after performing DIY artificial insemination with everyday kitchen utensils. This is a rich exploration of a family facing inexorable change.
Reissued with a beautiful new jacket to coincide with the paperback publication of his new book, The Two Hotel Francforts
A gritty, passionate novel ... Written from the point of view of a raging self-dramatizing mother with clarity and with such compassion that we understand her bitterness and mourn her lost chances New York Times One of the finest young voices in American fiction Time Out Rich, funny, varied and true to contemporary life Doris Grumbach Leavitt's skills with character and scene come through as strongly as his most fervent fans would expect. The prose is utterly elegant Advocate
David Leavitt's fiction has been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Prize, the National Book Critics' Circle Award and the LA Times Fiction Prize, and shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Award. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Harper's and Vogue, among other publications. He lives in Gainesville, Florida, where he is Professor of English at the University of Florida and edits the literary magazine Subtropics.