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The Marriage of the Sea

A Novel

Jane Alison

Picador

In a damp Venetian palace, Oswaldo contemplates the ravages of time to his body and his beloved city. In New York, Lach savors his freedom, having just dropped Vera to join his new love, Francesca, in Venice. In rainy London, Max packs for New Orleans, in pursuit of Lucinde, a woman he barely knows. From New Orleans, Lucinde flies to the aid and comfort of Vera, who has accepted a grant to paint in Venice. While elsewhere in the Crescent City, Anton, leaving for Venice, sketches a good-bye upon the slumbering body of his wife, Josephine. With wit, sympathy, and surpassing deftness, Jane Alison choreographs an intricate dance among these characters, whom love and loneliness, aspiration and desperation, have drawn to two famously romantic, venal, and elusive cities of water.

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The Marriage of the Sea
Begin readingMax landed in New Orleans like a sprinter. His cab barreled over the toxic empty highway into town, the battered streets and battered sidewalks and battered, crooked houses. He'd chosen the most romantic hotel, just beyond the Garden District, lopsided and seedy. Once he'd checked in he ran up the staircase, noting with delight the stained glass promise in the window: Let my beloved come into his garden and eat his pleasant fruits! Then he had barely put down his bag, barely phoned Sea & Air to provide a temporary number (should his fur teacup and cookbooks
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Praise for The Marriage of the Sea

"Beautifully balanced...Wrenching and beautifully written...A dreamlike, gorgeously watery novel." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Elegant, melancholy...absorbing." --Time Out New York

"Intriguing...flows with stylistic brilliance." --The Baltimore Sun

"Highly controlled lushness...in the manner of Michael Cunningham's The Hours...Ambitious, complex, challengingly intellectual--and yet Alison manages it all with a clarity, learnedness, and rigor that brings into being a creation of real beauty...A real achievement." --Kirkus Reviews (starred)

"[An] intricate, elegant second novel." --The New York Times Book Review

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Jane Alison

  • Jane Alison is the author of The Love-Artist. She lives in Germany.
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