Three Stages of Amazement

Three Stages of Amazement

A Novel

Book - 2011
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The New York Times bestseller, now in paperback, a "furiously compelling" ( New York Times ) and richly compassionate novel about marriage, ambition, and reclaiming of love--by novelist and cofounder of the online fiction magazine Narrative .

Set in San Francisco, Three Stages of Amazement takes readers on a spellbinding journey across a landscape of national unease, when the fragility of one marriage reflects the tenuous state of the American Dream. Lena Rusch and her husband, Charlie Pepper, still believe they can have it all--sex, love, marriage, children, career, brilliance. But when life delivers surprises and tests, they must face, for the first time in their lives, real limitation. Told with eloquence and compassion, Three Stages of Amazement is a true thriller of the heart--about confronting adversity, gaining wisdom and finding great love.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2011
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781439198315
Characteristics: 296 p. ; 25 cm


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Jun 11, 2011

I wish I could turn off my lit crtic. Here's a Silicoon Valley tale of marraige strained by a husband's startup ambitions.

Lena has quit her fulfilling job to stay home with the ailing baby while he husband develops his medical invention.

Poor Lena: an old flame reignites marital dissatisfaction just as her hated uncle funds the noble project.

Where's the story arc? Lena is angry and selfish from start to finish. Older women and her loving men are consistently tolerant of Lena's tantrums.

Plenty of well-decorated Atherton homes and startup financing details. Perhaps a good pool-read. But I don't have a pool.

debwalker Mar 06, 2011

"An expansive novel (with a lamentably fussy title) about the intricate economies of the American marriage."
NYT Book Review
Gabrielle Zevin
March 4, 2011


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Marneya Apr 13, 2013

10 of 10 excellent


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