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Morningside Heights, a Manhattan neighborhood sandwiched between Columbia University and the Hudson River, is home to an eclectic mix of academics, struggling artists, and rooted families. In this distinctive world, Peter Frankel, a successful partner in a prestigious law firm, lives a seemingly contented life with his talented wife and his two Ivy League—educated children.

Yet in middle age Peter finds himself discontent. His wife’s narrowness and her preoccupation with appearances leaves him cold, his job does not fulfill his creative bent, and he fears that his children, Susan and Louis, have grown into skeptical young adults who shun marriage and stability.

So when Peter’s wife is badly hurt in a car accident and lies in a coma, he finds himself guiltily relieved–and newly drawn toward his children as they too struggle with ambivalent feelings about the mother who’s never really shown them much love. As Susan, a cerebral doctoral student, becomes unhappily involved with an aspiring playwright and Louis is caught up in a futile pursuit of an ambitious journalist, Peter’s own quiet life is shaken up, and longings he has stifled for years come rumbling to the surface.

Freed from his wife’s judgments, Peter throws himself into his greatest pleasure, the work he does for a foundation that funds offbeat artistic projects. And as his passion for this work ignites, so does his desire for another woman. But the stubborn morality that has steered Peter’s life is a force to be reckoned with–and one from which he may never entirely escape.

Love, Work, Children is a profoundly insightful novel about two generations and the colorful urban world they inhabit. A superb portrayal of one of New York’s exceptional neighborhoods, this is a story, ultimately, about the self-imposed obstacles to true happiness–and a testament to the joy one can find in overcoming them.

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Regretting his early marriage to a narrow-minded woman, successful lawyer Peter Frankel nevertheless avoids divorce as an easy escape from the mistakes of his youth, but his ambivalence over his marriage and his dismay over his grown children's attitudes toward marital bliss are turned upside down when his wife is seriously hurt in a car accident. Reader's Guide included. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

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Cheryl Mendelson received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Rochester and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She has practiced law in New York City and taught philosophy at Purdue and Columbia universities. She is the author of Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House and the novel Morningside Heights. She lives in New York City.

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ISBN:
9780307431455
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Subject:
Fiction : General
Author:
Mendelson, Cheryl
Author:
Cheryl Mendelson
Subject:
General
Subject:
Midlife crisis
Subject:
Middle aged men
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20060711
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
384

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Love, Work, Children: A Novel
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Product details 384 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780307431455 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Regretting his early marriage to a narrow-minded woman, successful lawyer Peter Frankel nevertheless avoids divorce as an easy escape from the mistakes of his youth, but his ambivalence over his marriage and his dismay over his grown children's attitudes toward marital bliss are turned upside down when his wife is seriously hurt in a car accident. Reader's Guide included. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Cheryl Mendelson received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Rochester and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She has practiced law in New York City and taught philosophy at Purdue and Columbia universities. She is the author of Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House and the novel Morningside Heights. She lives in New York City.

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