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Selected as one of Oprah.coms 20 Tantalizing Beach Reads

Celebrated essayist Phillip Lopate proves himself a master of the short novel form in this inspired pairing of novellas portraying two less-than-perfect unions.The Stoic’s Marriage chronicles the life of newlyweds Gordon and Rita. Well-off, idle Gordon, a lifelong student of philosophy who has always had “a stunted capacity for happiness,” first meets the enchanting Rita when she comes to his home as a nurse’s aid sent to care for his dying mother. The attraction is instant and a marriage proposal ensues. Gordon turns to his diary to record his uxoriousness and to expound on the merits of Stoicism, the philosophy he’s adopted as his “substitute religion.” When Rita’s cousin from the Philippines arrives one Christmas, setting in motion an outrageous and hilarious sequence of events, both Gordon’s stoicism and marriage vows are put to the test.

Eleanor, or, The Second Marriage recounts one seemingly golden weekend in the lives of Eleanor and Frank, whose Brooklyn townhouse is a gathering place for their circle of cultured, cosmopolitan friends.It is Saturday morning, and Frank and Eleanor are planning the dinner they will host to celebrate the visit of a famous actor friend. These preparations are interrupted by the arrival of Frank’s son, a young man deeply troubled by his own aimlessness. Other guests arrive, and in the midst of great conviviality, simmering tensions erupt into raucous emotional dramas.

Elegant, concise, and comically devastating, Two Marriages illuminates the ways in which love is inseparable from deceit.


Phillip Lopate is such a smart man and such a fine writer that sometimes it's hard to know whether he's gaming you — having fun with you just because he can. Here are two novellas about marriage: one called "The Stoic's Marriage," the other, "Eleanor, or, The Second Marriage." They're both set in Brooklyn, resolutely set there, as if every person in the whole world should know its every cobblestone... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)


The celebrated essayist proves himself a master of the short novel form in this inspired paring of novellas portraying two less-than-perfect unions.

About the Author

Phillip Lopate

Phillip Lopate is an acclaimed novelist, essayist, critic, poet, and editor. He is the author of Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan (2004), as well as the essay collections Against Joie de Vivre, Bachelorhood, Being with Children, Portrait of My Body, and Totally, Tenderly, Tragically. He is the editor of The Art of the Personal Essay, and the Library of America's Writing New York. Two Marriages is his first book-length fiction since The Rug Merchant (1987). He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Lopate, Philip
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