The Life Room

The Life Room

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Eleanor Cahn is a professor of literature, the wife of a preeminent cardiac surgeon, and a devoted mother. But on a trip to Paris to present a paper on Anna Karenina, Eleanor re-connects with Stephen--a childhood friend with whom she has had a complicated relationship--that forces her to realize that she has suppressed her passionate self for years. As the novel unfolds, we learn of her hidden erotic past: with alluring, elusive Stephen; with ethereal William, her high school boyfriend; with married, egotistical Adam, the painter who initiated her into the intimacies of the "life room," where the artist's model sometimes becomes muse; and with loyal, steady Michael, her husband. On her return to New York, Eleanor and Stephen's charged attraction takes on a life of its own and threatens to destroy everything she has.Jill Bialosky has created a fresh, piercingly real heroine who struggles with the spiritual questions and dilemmas of our time and, like Tolstoy's immortal Anna Karenina, must choose between desire and responsibility.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 337 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.28 x 33.02mm | 498.95g
  • HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0151010471
  • 9780151010479

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ADVANCE PRAISE FOR THE LIFE ROOM "Jill Bialosky pierces the heart here until the reader feels just exactly what it means to have it all--husband, children, success--and yet to be achingly alone, longing for passion, of the kind Anna Karenina sacrificed everything for. Through Bialosky's elegant prose and tremendous talents as a storyteller, desire reverberates across the pages to meet the reader's own."-- MARTHA McPHEE
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Eleanor Cahn is a professor of literature, the wife of a successful surgeon, and a devoted mother. But on a trip to Paris to present a paper on Anna Karenina, Eleanor re-connects with Stephen--a childhood friend, and more. The encounter ignites a discontent that she struggles alternately to suppress and to explore, and reawakens memories of her hidden erotic past: with alluring, elusive Stephen; with ethereal William, her high school boyfriend; with married, egotistical Adam, the painter who initiated her into the intimacies of the "life room," where the artist's model sometimes becomes muse; and with loyal, steady Michael, her husband. On her return to New York, Eleanor and Stephen's charged attraction takes on a life of its own and threatens to destroy everything she has.
Jill Bialosky has created a fresh, piercingly real heroine caught, like Tolstoy's immortal Anna Karenina, between desire and responsibility.
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ADVANCE PRAISE FOR" THE LIFE ROOM"
"In her exquisite, carefully observed exploration of a modern woman's inner life, Jill Bialosky has written a novel that poses an essential question: how do we reconcile our passions--love, work, erotic life, children? "The Life Room" is an elegant, daring book, driven by internal suspense."--Dani Shapiro, author of "Slow Motion""" "Jill Bialosky pierces the heart here until the reader feels just exactly what it means to have it all--husband, children, success--and yet to be achingly alone, longing for passion, of the kind Anna Karenina sacrificed everything for. Through Bialosky's elegant prose and tremendous talents as a storyteller, desire reverberates across the pages to meet the reader's own."--Martha McPhee, author of "L'America" "What's most extraordinary about "The Life Room" is its unabashed honesty. In a novel that is daring and form-shifting and challenging in all the very best ways, Jill Bialosky still manages to keep it true to course. There is a texture in every sentence, but most importantly you emerge from the novel feeling as you have met a life that has glanced against your own, and gratefully your world has been shifted. A lovely, genuine, deep work of art."--Colum McCann, author of "Zoli" "" Praise for "HOUSE UNDER SNOW"
"Bialosky, with her delicate touch and clear eye for human frailty, is an author of talent, and "House Under Snow" an elegant debut." --"Los Angeles Times""" "The book's pacing is refreshing and brisk, and Bialosky demonstrates a remarkable ear for emotional rhythms as well." --"Chicago Tribune"
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4 17% (21)
3 28% (34)
2 29% (35)
1 12% (15)
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