Prosperous Friends

Prosperous Friends

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Described by John Ashbery as "pared down but rich, dense, fevered, exactly right and even eerily beautiful," Christine Schutt's prose has earned her comparisons to Emily Dickinson and Eudora Welty. In her new novel, Schutt delivers a pitch-perfect, timeless and original work on the spectacle of love.
"Prosperous Friends" follows the evolution of a young couple's marriage as it is challenged by the quandaries of longing and sexual self-discovery. The glamorous and gifted Ned Bourne and his pretty wife, Isabel, travel to London, New York, and Maine in hopes of realizing their artistic promise, but their quest for sexual fulfillment is less assured. Past lovers and new infatuations, doubt and indifference threaten to bankrupt the marriage. The Bournes' fantasies for their future finally give way to a deepened and mature perspective in the company of an older, celebrated artist, Clive Harris, and his wife, Dinah, a poet. With compassionate insight, Schutt explores the divide between those like Clive and Dinah who seem to prosper in love and those like Ned and Isabel who feel themselves condemned to yearn for it.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 205 pages
  • 124 x 191 x 20mm | 272g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0802120385
  • 9780802120380
  • 2,951,502

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"No one writes sentences like Christine Schutt. "Prosperous Friends" is sure to be her masterwork. Like Fitzgerald's "Tender Is the Night," Schutt's por-trait of a young couple in ruins is exquisitely beautiful, stunningly resonant, and so minutely and vividly observed you feel devastated at its close. With "Prosperous Friends," Schutt takes her place among the best writers of our time." --Kate Walbert
"Why do we love one, and not another? Christine Schutt's beautifully telegraphic prose goes to the heart of a question posed in scenes and moments so real and exquisitely framed that the reader enters her vision completely. Elliptical, haunting, perfectly pitched, "Prosperous Friends" re-defines itself as it unfolds, changing and transforming, alive with truths and questions. Schutt demands our meditation, our intimate consideration, our awe."--Jayne Anne Phillips
"It is no longer a secret that Christine Schutt is the finest writer among us, and "Prosperous Friends" is her finest work yet. There isn't a corner in any of her sentences left ungraced by her lyrical genius, her heart-fathoming wisdom. A few pages in, you'll know you have a classic in your hands.--Gary Lutz
"Christine Schutt casts the light of her brilliant prose into the shadowy corners of marriage and sex, aging and art-making, wealth and aspiration. What she finds there is thrilling, dangerous, true: impossible to forget. This is a moving, luminous novel, its radiance all the more striking for the darkness it's willing to explore."--Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
"With her elusive, suggestive prose, Christine Schutt examines the mystery of one couple's dissolution. In its spare delicacy, "Prosperous Friends" recalls nothing less than James Salter's "Light Years.""--Stewart O'Nan
"Give me the tough, adamantine beauty of Christine Schutt's writing any day. Her new novel, "Prosperous Friends," is about that, about friends, and their marriages, and within the eddy of these variousr
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About Christine Schutt

Christine Schutt is the author of two collections of stories, "Nightwork" and "A Day, A Night, Another Day, Summer." She is also the author of the novels "Florida," a National Book Award finalist, and" All Souls," a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
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281 ratings
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5 15% (42)
4 22% (61)
3 28% (78)
2 23% (64)
1 13% (36)
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