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A sweeping, richly compassionate novel about marriage, ambition, and the reclaiming of love—by the bestselling novelist and cofounder of Narrative magazine.

Many love stories end in marriage; rare is the love story that begins with one—already promised, already worn.  Set in San Francisco during the first year of Obama’s presidency, Three Stages of Amazement deftly charts the struggles and triumphs of Lena Rusch and her husband Charlie Pepper, still believe they can have it all--sex, love, marriage, children, career, brilliance. But life delivers surprises and tests--a stillborn child, an economic crash, a ruthless business rival and the attentions of an old lover. Touched by tragedy and by ordinary hopes unmet, Lena and Charlie must face, for the first time in their lives, real limitation.

Fifteen years after her stunning debut, Rise the Euphrates, Carol Edgarian has created a panoramic and deeply moving story about business and family and the demands of love in our time. She takes readers on a spellbinding journey inside America today, with an unforgettable cast of characters including Cal Rusch, Lena’s uncle, a Silicon Valley titan, and Ivy, his socialite wife, who engender complication in the lives of all the people they touch: their grown children, business partners, friends, the servants and workers upon whom the glamorous life depends--and Lena, whose quest for grace is the pulse of this gorgeous novel.

As Lena and Charlie, Ivy and Cal, face the temptations of their youth and the fantasy of the redo, they discover that real life is the ultimate challenge. Told with eloquence and compassion, Three Stages of Amazement is a true thriller of the heart, a riveting story about confronting adversity, gaining wisdom, and finding great love.

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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.

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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.

Many love stories end in marriage; rare is the love story that begins with one—already promised, already worn. Set in San Francisco during the early part of Obama’s presidency, this beautifully drawn novel charts the daily struggles and triumphs of a marriage. Touched by tragedy and by ordinary hopes that have not come true, Lena Rusch and her husband Charlie Pepper must face, for the first time in their lives, real limitation. The compromises and silent promises Lena and Charlie have made are familiar: If we can have one more healthy baby, we’ll be doneIf he can just earn that much money, we’ll remake our life. If I can just get through this, I promise I’ll become the person I know I should be.

Including such unforgettable characters as Cal Rusch, Lena’s uncle, a Silicon Valley titan, and Ivy, his socialite wife, whose ruthless desires engender complication in all the lives they touch—their grown children, business partners, friends, the servants and workers upon whom the glamorous life depends—Three Stages of Amazement is a riveting story about confronting adversity, gaining wisdom, and finding great love.

About the Author

Carol Edgarian is the author of the bestselling novel Rise the Euphrates and co-editor of The Writer's Life: Intimate Thoughts on Work, Love, Inspiration, and Fame. She is also the co-founder, editor, and publisher of Narrative, an online literary magazine she runs with her husband, Tom Jenks. They live in San Francisco with their three daughters.  

Product Details

ISBN:
9781439198315
Author:
Edgarian, Carol
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20120231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

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"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , 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.

Many love stories end in marriage; rare is the love story that begins with one—already promised, already worn. Set in San Francisco during the early part of Obama’s presidency, this beautifully drawn novel charts the daily struggles and triumphs of a marriage. Touched by tragedy and by ordinary hopes that have not come true, Lena Rusch and her husband Charlie Pepper must face, for the first time in their lives, real limitation. The compromises and silent promises Lena and Charlie have made are familiar: If we can have one more healthy baby, we’ll be doneIf he can just earn that much money, we’ll remake our life. If I can just get through this, I promise I’ll become the person I know I should be.

Including such unforgettable characters as Cal Rusch, Lena’s uncle, a Silicon Valley titan, and Ivy, his socialite wife, whose ruthless desires engender complication in all the lives they touch—their grown children, business partners, friends, the servants and workers upon whom the glamorous life depends—Three Stages of Amazement is a riveting story about confronting adversity, gaining wisdom, and finding great love.

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