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The Folded World

The Folded World

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By (author) Amity Gaige

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  • Publisher: Random House Trade
  • Format: Paperback | 301 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 201mm x 23mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 10 February 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0812978544
  • ISBN 13: 9780812978544
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 597,919

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When Charlie Shade and Alice Bussard find each other, neither is prepared for the powerful, aching feeling of love that unites them. After falling for the cheerful and empathetic young man, Alice asks God: "Please, leave us alone. Leave us just like this." But as their relationship evolves, and their family grows with the addition of twin girls, so too does Charlie's career as a social worker. Drawn to people in crisis, Charlie struggles to remain neutral when dealing with the troubled souls he meets. But as boundaries begin to blur and temptations arise at work and at home, Charlie and Alice head toward an emotional collision that will challenge their marriage in ways they never thought possible.

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"Exquisitely written . . . The bitterness and disillusion of marriage have been thoroughly plumbed in contemporary fiction; Gaige is one of the rare novelists who is more interested in its potential for happiness and grace." -"Entertainment Weekly" "Exhilarating . . . captivating . . . a beautiful story wonderfully told . . . highly recommended." "-Library Journal" "In this tightly-written and emotionally satisfying novel, a young couple's marriage is thrown into jeopardy by the husband's workaholic tendencies... [Gaige] is extraordinarily adept at revealing her characters' personalities in just a few words... Stirring." --"New York Times Book Review" ""The Folded World" will appeal to readers who like to dive into the muck of internal and interpersonal conflicts, and break the surface with breath born of insight and empathy. Amity Gaige's second novel lives up to the reputation she earned with her first one, as an original, compelling voice." --"Chicago Tribune" (Favorite Books of 2007) ""The Folded World" is more than a novel: it's a revelation, about what it means to love romantically in this problematic world. Charlie and Alice Shade's marriage... inspires us to consider our own attachments in a new, radiant light." --Ken Kalfus, author of "A Disorder Peculiar to the Country" "Amity Gaige is terrific. Once again she reveals her virtuoso ability to translate the complicated ambiguity of our most haunting feelings, and our closest relationships, into dazzling prose. For the reader who has been fortified by love's endurance, baffled by its fragility, and awestruck by the hurricane force with which it hits, "The Folded World" strikes deep and true." --Christopher Sorrentino, author of "Trance" "Gaige was honored as one of the National Book Foundation's "5 [exceptional authors] under 35" for her debut, "O My Darling "(2005). Her second time around again showcases a gift for capturing the simultaneous proximity and dista