The Marriage of the Sea

A Novel

Jane Alison

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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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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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Jane Alison

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

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The Marriage of the Sea
A Novel
Jane Alison

Trade Paperback

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Picador
April 2004
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312422554
ISBN10: 0312422555
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 272 pages
$18.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
April 2004
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ISBN: 9781429930376
ISBN10: 1429930373
272 pages
$7.99
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