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Publisher Comments:

The bestselling author of Drowning Ruth returns to the small-town Wisconsin she so brilliantly evoked with this gripping novel about love, marriage, and adultery.

In the summer of 1963 a plot for revenge destroys a career, a friendship, and a family. The consequences of the scandalous event continue to reverberate, touching the next generation. Thirty years later, over the course of one day, Jon struggles to decide whether to end his affair or his marriage. His wife, Ginny, moving closer to discovering his adultery, begins working for an older man who is mysteriously connected to their families pasts. And Jons mistress is being courted by a suitor who may be more menacing than he initially seems. As relationships among the characters ebb and flow on that July day, Christina Schwarz illuminates the ties that bind people togetherand the surprising risks they take in the name of love.

As in Drowning Ruth, Schwarz weaves past and present into a richly textured portrait of the secrets and deceptions that simmer beneath everyday life in a small midwestern town. With page-turning intensity and in prose at once lush and precise, she beautifully conjures the emotional labyrinth of a marriage on the brink of collapse and proves that no matter how hard we work to stifle them, the secrets of the past refuse to be ignored.

Betrayal versus loyalty . . . lust versus love . . . infidelity versus honor. Welcome to the complex web of Christina Schwarzs dazzling new novel, So Long at the Fair.

Review:

"Fans of Schwarz's Oprah Book Club selection Drowning Ruth are likely to be disappointed by this convoluted novel about loyalty, love and obsession. Jon and Ginny Kepilkowski, high school sweethearts who were pushed into marriage by a freak accident, come to a crossroads when Jon, after an argument with Ginny, decamps to spend the day with mistress Freddi. Ginny, meanwhile, meets clients for her landscaping business, one of whom, Walter Fleischer, is part of a long-ago family conflict that is weakly developed in flashbacks to the summer of 1963, where Jon and Ginny's parents are embroiled in a perplexing revenge plot against Walter over lust gone wrong. Back in the present, Ginny comes close to discovering Jon's infidelity while Jon and Freddi are pursued by Ethan, whose clunkily rendered obsession with Freddi leads to a violent, if poorly presaged, climax. When the novel finally reveals its long-foreshadowed secrets, their import remains frustratingly unclear. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

Christina Schwarz's new novel takes place over the course of a single day, during "the sheer bullying green push" of a contemporary Wisconsin summer. What a great phrase, and how eagerly the reader tags along behind it, hoping for more. It's far from an unreasonable expectation: Both of Schwarz's previous novels, "Drowning Ruth" — an Oprah's Book Club pick in 2000 — and "All Is Vanity," were stylish... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

The bestselling author of "Drowning Ruth" returns to the small-town Wisconsin she has so brilliantly evoked, with this gripping novel about love, marriage, and adultery.

About the Author

CHRISTINA SCHWARZ is the author of the critically acclaimed All Is Vanity and Drowning Ruth, a #1 bestseller in both hardcover and paperback, which was selected for Oprahs Book Club and optioned by Wes Craven for Miramax.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385510295
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Doubleday
Author:
Schwarz, Christina
Subject:
General
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Marriage
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Adultery
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Publication Date:
20080708
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.4 x 6.25 x .8 in .9 lb

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Popular Fiction » Suspense

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Product details 256 pages Doubleday Books - English 9780385510295 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Fans of Schwarz's Oprah Book Club selection Drowning Ruth are likely to be disappointed by this convoluted novel about loyalty, love and obsession. Jon and Ginny Kepilkowski, high school sweethearts who were pushed into marriage by a freak accident, come to a crossroads when Jon, after an argument with Ginny, decamps to spend the day with mistress Freddi. Ginny, meanwhile, meets clients for her landscaping business, one of whom, Walter Fleischer, is part of a long-ago family conflict that is weakly developed in flashbacks to the summer of 1963, where Jon and Ginny's parents are embroiled in a perplexing revenge plot against Walter over lust gone wrong. Back in the present, Ginny comes close to discovering Jon's infidelity while Jon and Freddi are pursued by Ethan, whose clunkily rendered obsession with Freddi leads to a violent, if poorly presaged, climax. When the novel finally reveals its long-foreshadowed secrets, their import remains frustratingly unclear. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , The bestselling author of "Drowning Ruth" returns to the small-town Wisconsin she has so brilliantly evoked, with this gripping novel about love, marriage, and adultery.
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