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Indiscretion: A Novel by Charles Dubow

Indiscretion: A Novel (edition 2013)

by Charles Dubow

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Title:Indiscretion: A Novel
Authors:Charles Dubow (Author)
Info:William Morrow (2013), Hardcover, 352 pages
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It is rare that a book can keep you so distanced from the characters while allowing you to become so entangled in their lives, but that is what happens with Indiscretion, and it works perfectly. It's hard to say too much about the plot without giving anything away - the blurb is fairly vague, and I think it is best to start reading without knowing what exactly will happen in the story. Although I might warn that the summary makes the book sound bland in comparison to how lively it really is - the drama draws you in and you don't realize how involved you are until the ending sends your heart soaring and then squeezes. ( )
  howifeelaboutbooks | Nov 4, 2015 |
This was a great read. The picture pefect family is put through the test of lies and betrayal. The story as told through the voice of Maddy's childhood friend, Walter, godfather to her son, sets an intimate story of family, friendship, love and betrayal, devotion and survival of a broken marriage. Is it possible to have a happy ever after ending? Character development was superb. The perfect couple with the perfect marriage that was jeopardized for lust and selfishness. ( )
  booklovers2 | Apr 23, 2014 |
I've found that most of the time, I can actually judge a book by its cover. I almost bypassed this book because I didn't particularly like the cover but almost as an afterthought, I agreed to read Indiscretion and review it as part of a book tour. I am so glad that I did! Charles Dubow's writing really surprised me. His words are thoughtful and well-meaning. His characters well-developed. And although the storyline has been done before, his settings makes it new.

I really enjoyed Indiscretion. I loved the ring side seat that Dubow gives us as we watch so many lives unravel because of one chance meeting. I loved how he slowly unveiled the relationships between characters, letting us understand histories and presents and even guess at futures.

In some ways, this was a difficult book to read. Dubow's characters are multi-faceted with complicated reasons for their choices in the story. He shows us that we are not always good and do not always make our decisions with the best intentions in mind. And, that sometimes, those decisions, as innocuous as they may seem, have lasting effects on all those around us.

As, I said, I was surprised that I enjoyed this book as much as I did. I'm also surprised that it has not gotten more interest in the book media. It is a surprisingly well-written debut. My only complaint is an obvious literary technique thrown in near the end of the book that I feel was unnecessary but it was only a minor bump in the road, just a page or two of nothingness that didn't need to be there. Once I got past it, I was swallowed up by the story again until I turned the last page.

I recommend this book to anyone looking for a serious read that tackles tough topics. Indiscretion is not a light read. It takes a deep look at marriage and at friendships and at fate. It might make you angry and it might even make you cry.

One thing that I found interesting about the author, Charles Dubow, is that he stutters. The thought of speaking in front of people terrifies me so I can only imagine how much more terrifying it would be with a speech impediment like stuttering. Mr. Dubow wrote an article for Newsweek, discussing his experiences growing up with a stutter and what it is like for him now as he promotes his novel through speaking engagements: The Newsweek Article

*Thanks again to Harper Collins and TLC Book Tours for my copy of Indiscretion. I received the free copy in return for an honest review. ( )
  jsamaha | Mar 14, 2014 |
I have to tell you that Indiscretion is the perfect Summer novel. It grabbed my attention from the first page. It's a deliciously salacious novel that features rich folks behaving badly. The story opens as Claire, a beautiful young and broke New Yorker heads off to the Hamptons for a weekend romp.

Wait. I think I'm making this novel sound trite and it's not. What happens as a result of Claire's weekend will change the lives of those she encounters forever. Oops, there I go again. Vague, yes, but I will leave it at that because one of my favorite things about this book was not being sure where things were going for Claire, or anyone else. I highly caution you about reading too many reviews of this book for that very reason. I suggest you save those reading eyes for the book itself. ( )
  lizzyg | Mar 10, 2014 |
Harry and Maddy are a happily married middle-aged couple with a young son who has health issues. Harry is a famous author, Maddy the party hostess and friend everyone adores. They have a social circle that includes Walter, a lonely man who is our narrator. A beautiful young woman named Claire enters their lives and they take her under their wing, and all is well until their happy little world is shattered by an indiscretion.

Most of these type of novels are about the woman wronged, but I found this look at adultery from the male perspective intriguing. Walter, the friend, is the narrator and given that this takes place mostly on a summer place in the Hamptons and is about an obsessive love affair, it echoes The Great Gatsby.
The characters are interesting, especially Maddy, and the plot keeps the reader invested in the story. The last few chapters are incredibly sad and devastating, and I found myself impressed with Dubrow's ability to move the reader so deeply in his debut novel. There are some explicit (and well written) sex scenes, so if that offends you, this book may not be for you. ( )
  bookchickdi | Nov 8, 2013 |
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When Harry and Madeleine Winslow meet Claire, they are drawn to her youth, quiet intelligence, and naivete, and over the course of the summer, reverence transforms into dangerous desire.

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