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Games to Play After Dark (Vintage Contemporaries)by Sarah Gardner Borden
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When Kate meets Colin at a terrible party in Manhattan's West Village she is young and fearless. Amid the chaos, as strangers make drinks and the sink threatens to overfl ow, Kate sees that Colin will fall in love with her if she lets him.
Their connection is electric and they marry quickly, moving to a house in the suburbs. But through childbirth and parenthood, family dinners and bedtime stories, Kate finds herself tumbling toward the dark edges of domesticity with the knowledge that she will ruin everything. A gorgeous, tender, disquieting look at a marriage, Sarah Gardner Borden's first novel introduces a brave new voice, crackling with raw emotion and intelligence.
"Games to Play After Dark at first disguises itself as a story of bright young love, until Kate and Colin's marriage changes, delicately and inexorably, from a charmed union into something dark and somehow unavoidable. Sarah Gardner Borden's debut is captivating and deftly rendered — a layered, disquieting examination of family life." Michelle Wildgen, author of But Not For Long and You're Not You
"Sarah Gardner Borden’s exciting novel reads like a thriller, but it is the menacing nature of the very ordinary that is so scary here. She gets underneath the mundane details of everyday life — All that stuff! The chores! The driving! — and reveals the real mess our expectations and desires can get us into. Kate, at the center, is deftly and affectionately drawn. The writing is confident, sharp, and exhilarating. This is an impressive debut." Bobbie Ann Mason, author of In Country
"Brilliantly structured and impossible to put down, Games to Play After Dark is the story of a young wife and mother who struggles earnestly, messily, even violently, to understand her own discontent with a seemingly ideal existence. The novel catches you up on Kate's troubled past just as that past catches up with Kate, so by the end you feel the full force of that collision: powerful, hopeful, unforgettable." Robin Black, author of If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This
"An unsparingly honest portrait of one marriage's devolution into train wreck. Borden covers it all
When Kate and Colin meet at a party in Manhattan their connection is electric. They marry quickly, moving to the suburbs, and in the light of day they seem like any young couple, but the games they play after dark are far from routine.
About the Author
Sarah Gardner Borden holds an MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in a variety of journals, including Open City, Willow Springs, the Chicago Reader, Other Voices, Literary Mama, and the New Haven Review. She lives in Brooklyn.
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