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The Story of a Marriage - A Novel

Andrew Sean Greer

"We think we know the ones we love." So Pearlie Cook begins her indirect and devastating exploration of the mystery at the heart of every relationship: how we can ever truly know another person. It is 1953 and Pearlie, a dutiful young housewife, finds herself living in the Sunset District in San Francisco, caring not only for her husband's fragile health but also for her son, who is afflicted with polio. Then, one Saturday morning, a stranger appears on her doorstep, and everything changes. All the certainties by which Pearlie has lived and tried to protect her family are thrown into doubt. Does she know her husband at all? And what does the stranger want in return for his offer of a hundred thousand dollars? For six months in 1953 young Pearlie Cook struggles to understand the world around her, and most especially her husband, Holland. Pearlie's story is a meditation not only on love but also on the effects of war, with one war recently over and another coming to a close. Set in a climate of fear and repression-political, sexual, and racial-The Story of a Marriage from bestselling author Andrew Sean Greer, portrays three people trapped by the confines of their era, and the desperate measures they are prepared to take to escape it. Lyrical and surprising, The Story of a Marriage looks back at a period that we tend to misremember as one of innocence and simplicity.

"We think we know the ones we love." So Pearlie Cook begins her indirect and devastating exploration of the mystery at the heart of every relationship: how we can ever truly know another person. It is 1953 and Pearlie, a dutiful young housewife, finds herself living in the Sunset District in San Francisco, caring not only for her husband's fragile health but also for her son, who is afflicted with polio. Then, one Saturday morning, a stranger appears on her doorstep, and everything changes. All the certainties by which Pearlie has lived and tried to protect her family are thrown into doubt. Does she know her husband at all? And what does the stranger want in return for his offer of a hundred thousand dollars? For six months in 1953 young Pearlie Cook struggles to understand the world around her, and most especially her husband, Holland. Pearlie's story is a meditation not only on love but also on the effects of war, with one war recently over and another coming to a close. Set in a climate of fear and repression-political, sexual, and racial-The Story of a Marriage from bestselling author Andrew Sean Greer, portrays three people trapped by the confines of their era, and the desperate measures they are prepared to take to escape it. Lyrical and surprising, The Story of a Marriage looks back at a period that we tend to misremember as one of innocence and simplicity.
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"We think we know the ones we love." So Pearlie Cook begins her indirect and devastating exploration of the mystery at the heart of every relationship: how we can ever truly know another person. It is 1953 and Pearlie, a dutiful young housewife, finds herself living in the Sunset District in San Francisco, caring not only for her husband's fragile health but also for her son, who is afflicted with polio. Then, one Saturday morning, a stranger appears on her doorstep, and everything changes. All the certainties by which Pearlie has lived and tried to protect her family are thrown into doubt. Does she know her husband at all? And what does the stranger want in return for his offer of a hundred thousand dollars? For six months in 1953 young Pearlie Cook struggles to understand the world around her, and most especially her husband, Holland. Pearlie's story is a meditation not only on love but also on the effects of war, with one war recently over and another coming to a close. Set in a climate of fear and repression-political, sexual, and racial-The Story of a Marriage from bestselling author Andrew Sean Greer, portrays three people trapped by the confines of their era, and the desperate measures they are prepared to take to escape it. Lyrical and surprising, The Story of a Marriage looks back at a period that we tend to misremember as one of innocence and simplicity.

Language:

English

Narrators:

S. Epatha Merkerson

Length:

7h 24m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:00


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:09


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:08


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:53


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:49


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:48


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:04


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:10


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:09


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:01


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:05


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:18


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:05


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:52


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:00


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:18


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:13


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:16


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:27


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:40


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:32


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:09


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:08


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:55


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:12


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:27


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:07


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:04


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:04


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:47


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:39


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:46


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:45


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:39


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:07


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:11


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:05


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:31


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:54


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:19


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:34


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:20


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:06


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:43


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:28


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:32


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:54


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:58


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:47


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:54


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:50


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:00


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:07


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:56


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:07


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:57


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:53


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:28


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:59


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:59


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:55


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:55


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:09


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:12


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:14


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:14


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:59


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:43


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:01


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

00:01