A Box of Darkness

The Story of a Marriage

Sally Ryder Brady

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In the tradition of Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking, comes a poignant memoir about a marriage that was as deep and strong as it was mysterious and complex

Upton and Sally Brady were a rare breed: cultivated and elegant, they lived a life of literary glamour and high expectations. Sally a debutante; Upton a classics major from Harvard, they met at the Boston Cotillion. He was articulate, witty, and worldly, and he danced like Fred Astaire. How could she resist? Despite raising four children on Upton’s modest wage as the editor-in-chief of the Atlantic Monthly Press, theirs was a world of champagne, sailboats, private islands, famous writers, family rituals, and ice-cold martinis. They lived life on their terms. But as time wore on, Upton, the charming and brilliant husband, the inventive, beguiling partner, grew opinionated, cranky, controlling, and dangerous.

When Upton died suddenly one evening in their Vermont cottage, Sally began uncovering secrets. As she went through his papers, she discovered that her husband of forty-six years had desired the love of other men. Her riveting, charismatic husband was not quite the man he appeared to be, and a year of mourning became for Sally a time to unravel the dark and unexpected web he had left behind. Hers is a moving and powerful story of coming to terms with what cannot be changed. It is also a story of great love.

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We cannot tell the story of anything without telling the story of everything.
—THOMAS BERRY
VERMONT, MARCH 23, 2008

My husband, Upton Birnie Brady, was born on Easter Sunday, April 17, 1938, at the Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. His mother, Madee (Mah-dee, short for Mother dear), used to speak of this confluence with wonder. Cigarette between her fingers, she would tell how her young husband, Francis, had come to the hospital fresh from Mass, his arms full of violets. Susie, six; Ellen, almost four; and fifteen-month-old Francis, called Buff,

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Read the Kirkus Review of A BOX OF DARKNESS The Story of a Marriage. Bittersweet memoir of a highly stressed marriage that somehow endured for nearly half a century.
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Sally Ryder Brady

SALLY RYDER BRADY, a writer, agent, teacher, and editor, is the author of a highly successful novel, Instar, an illustrated book of adult humor called Sweet Memories, and two books of non-fiction, A Yankee Christmas, Volumes I and II.

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A Box of Darkness
The Story of a Marriage
Sally Ryder Brady

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
January 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250001627
ISBN10: 1250001625
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 256 pages, Plus 9 b&w photos throughout
$18.99

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February 2011
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ISBN: 9781429992961
ISBN10: 1429992964
256 pages
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