Another Marvelous Thing (Paperback)

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Another Marvelous Thing (Paperback)

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Every few years I read another Laurie Colwin book for the first time so as to experience the pleasure of discovering a new one over a lifetime. All of her books were recently reissued by Vintage, and so I came to discover this one, which is really a series of short stories written about a man and a woman—both married—who are having an affair. Each story is  wonderfully constructed and stands alone, but read together each illuminates the next one, and it works as a novel as well. As always, Colwin’s love for her flawed, insecure, reflective, witty characters is apparent as she guides them through the trials of being in love (The Randall Jarrell epigram begins: “Falling in love is never as simple as love and the lady novelists say.”) to a point where they come to terms with a messy life “full of thorns” and move forward, accepting that what mistakes they’ve made are forever a part of who they are. This lesson, a good one to remind ourselves of, in Colwin’s sure, droll style is artfully and most entertainingly delivered.

— From Jeanne's Picks

Josephine “Billy” Delielle and Francis Clemens are happily married—just not to each other. Another Marvelous Thing is the story of their affair, from its fabulous inception to its inevitable end.

Billy and Francis couldn’t be more different, at least when it comes to age and disposition, but that doesn’t prevent them from falling in love and settling into the easy rhythms of romance—phone calls every morning, rendezvous every weekday afternoon, the odd out-of-town escape—despite both still being very partial to their spouses. In interconnected stories, Laurie Colwin deftly reveals each character’s point of view and examines, in razor-sharp detail, the “marvelous” and messy glory of modern love and the curious desires of the heart. 

This whirlwind romance, perfectly captured in Colwinesque frank and funny style, is firm proof that oppositesreally do attract.
Laurie Colwin is the author of five novels, Happy All the Time, Family Happiness, Goodbye Without Leaving, A Big Storm Knocked It Over, and Shine On, Bright and Dangerous Object; three collections of short stories, Passion and Affect, The Lone Pilgrim, and Another Marvelous Thing; and two collections of essays, Home Cooking and More Home Cooking. Colwin died in 1992.
Product Details ISBN: 9780593313558
ISBN-10: 0593313550
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: June 8th, 2021
Pages: 144
Language: English
“Virtually flawless. . . .A tour de force.” —Los Angeles Times

“These should be read one at a time, perhaps just before bed as a respite from an especially trying day.” —The New York Times

“Colwin is a bard of burgeoning adulthood.” —Rachel Syme, The New Yorker

“If anyone wrote eloquently and magnificently about affairs of the heart, it was Laurie Colwin." —San Francisco Chronicle

"Colwin is ingenious, comedic, and spirited.” —The Boston Globe

“A witty, literate and intelligent entertainment, a commodity not so easily come by these days.” —The New York Times

“Colwin wrings magic from ordinary lives.” —Entertainment Weekly

“I have loved Laurie Colwin’s work for forty-some years, all of it, every honest, deep, friendly, funny, heartbreaking, hopeful word.” —Anne Lamott, bestselling author of Almost Everything and Dusk, Night, Dawn

"Colwin had the power to make her readers believe in life’s possibilities. . . . Her books still have that power.” —NPR

“I read my first Laurie Colwin book way way back in the 1970s and have adored her ever since: Reading her exuberant prose, her elegant (but not at all stuffy) sentences, I always marvel at her absolute love for her characters in all their foibles and their flaws, and how she urges us to have the same generosity toward them (and ourselves). Basically, reading (and rereading) Colwin's short stories and novels always makes me happy.” —Nancy Pearl, co-author of The Writer’s Library

“Laurie Colwin’s great subject was happiness—whether romantic, familial, domestic, or culinary—and she managed to write about it with both élan and emotional depth. . . . How wonderful it is that her books are still with us.” —The Christian Science Monitor

“[Colwin’s] intricate worlds—full of people who lovingly revolve around one another, with occasional pit stops in their kitchens, dining rooms, and local coffee shops—have been a refuge from my own overcomplicated life more times than I can count.”—Melanie Rehak, Bookforum

"An infallible recipe for happiness: read as much Laurie Colwin as you can.” —Emma Straub, bestselling author of All Adults Here

"A writer whose rare gift it was to evoke contentment, satisfaction, and affection.” —The New Yorker

“To read Laurie Colwin, whether her wryly eloquent fiction or her richly detailed nonfiction, is to enter the sensibility of a singular human. Long before there were food bloggers and Bookstagrammers, Colwin understood that strong opinions and witty failures could appeal to readers of all ages and stages.” —Bethanne Patrick

“Touching and wise.” —The Village Voice

“Colwin writes with such sunny skill, and such tireless enthusiasm. . . . One reads with fascination the steps by which lovers in one story after another stumble upon their forthright declarations.” —Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Times Book Review

“The glittering, generous, delicious world of Laurie Colwin’s fiction is a gift and a lodestar. When writers speak of our favorites, our literary godmothers, her name invariably enters the conversation. How thrilling to know that readers new to her will now have the pleasure of discovering her glorious work. We need her voice, her heart, and her paean to joy, now more than ever.” —Dani Shapiro, bestselling author of Inheritance