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Silver by Hilma Wolitzer
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I liked this book very much. It's a pretty realistic portrayal of life after 25 years of not-always-perfect marriage between Paulie and Howard. It focuses on how big events seem to be associated with major changes, and maybe that's reasonable. Those major life events tend to concentrate the mind and bring deeper emotions to the fore. But Wolitzer also draws out the more subtle influences and experiences of quotidian life. I particularly enjoyed the description of Paulie's new relationship and how that became a reality, and the relationship between Paulie & Howard and their adult children. ( )
  oldblack | Mar 7, 2011 |
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Silver revisits Paulette and Howard, the couple introduced in In the Flesh, and a marriage, once miraculously mended, faces its end again Paulette has decided to leave her husband. As the twenty-fifth anniversary of their hasty marriage nears, the thought of another year sleeping alongside Howard feels suffocating. Though they were happy years ago, he has always resented her for trapping him with her pregnancy, forcing himas he sees itinto married life and the end of his youthful fun. They have both been unfaithful, and the wounds of their past indiscretions have never fully healed. And so she's made the decision to leave himbut her plans are derailed when Howard suffers a sudden heart attack. Thrown into action by Howard's fragile health, Paulette must decide whose survival is more important. He may not live through her desertion, but can she give up her determination for a new beginning? In Silver, Hilma Wolitzer delivers a sensitive, thought-provoking, and startlingly frank novel of old ties and the yearning to start again.… (more)

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