Monday, May 11, 2015

What is Heidi Pitlor reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Heidi Pitlor, author of The Daylight Marriage.

Her entry begins:
The Wonder Garden, by Lauren Acampora

I'm not sure where this story writer has been all my life, but I tore through her first book, a collection. Here are deceptively simple, masterful stories of lives in a tony New York suburb. I know, I know, we're all sick of reading about suburbia, but we shouldn't be, because still, some of our best fiction comes from those quiet, well-behaved...[read on]
About The Daylight Marriage, from the publisher:
“Hypnotically readable–I absolutely couldn’t put it down. The structure is brilliant, and I turned the pages with increasing dread. This book is terrific.” — Stephen King

Hannah was the kind of woman who turned heads. Tall and graceful, naturally pretty, often impulsive, always spirited, the upper class girl who picked, of all men, Lovell-the introverted climate scientist, the practical one who thought he could change the world if he could just get everyone to listen to reason. After a magical honeymoon they settled in the suburbs to raise their two children. But over the years, Lovell and Hannah’s conversations have become charged with resentments and unspoken desires. She’s become withdrawn and directionless. His work affords him a convenient distraction. The children can sense the tension, which they’ve learned to mostly ignore. Until, after one explosive argument, Hannah vanishes. And Lovell, for the first time, is forced to examine the trajectory of his marriage through the lens of memory-and the eyes of his children. As he tries to piece together what happened to his wife-and to their lives together-readers follow Hannah through that single day when the smallest of decisions takes her to places she never intended to go.

With the intensity of The Lovely Bones, the balance of wit and heartbreak of The Descendants, and the emotional acuity of Anne Tyler, The Daylight Marriage is at its heart a novel about what happens when our intuitions override our logic and with a plot that doesn’t reveal its secrets until the very end.
Visit Heidi Pitlor's website.

The Page 69 Test: The Daylight Marriage.

My Book, the Movie: The Daylight Marriage.

Writers Read: Heidi Pitlor.

--Marshal Zeringue