Love and the Mess We’re In

September 1, 2012|
Love and the Mess We’re In by Stephen Marche
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When Viv flies to Buenos Aires for a secret liaison with Clive, there is no ambiguity as to their intentionsadultery. But this is where conventionality terminates in Stephen Marche’s new novel, Love and the Mess We’re In, a work whose lyric richness and inventiveness skillfully embody the tumbles and turns of love in a postmodern age. Marche collaborates with award-winning typographer Andrew Steeves to create richly polyschematic book pages whose influences range from the interwoven texts, geometric shaping and pattern-making of Hebraic calligraphy, illuminated manuscripts and incunabular typography to the ordered tangle of a New York City subway map.

Viv’s husband, Tim, is Clive’s best friend. A breakdown has landed Tim in a mental institution, seemingly beyond recovery. His collapse brings Viv and Clive together in their grief, at a loss to navigate the loneliness, guilt, lust and, perhaps, love which they discover in their unsettling and morally ambiguous new context.

Love and the Mess We’re In is an evocative, lithe story of love and redemption infused with Marche’s wit, insight and telescopic emotional range.

Title:Love and the Mess We’re In
Product dimensions:8.5 X 5.37 X 0.92 in
Shipping dimensions:8.5 X 5.37 X 0.92 in
Published:September 1, 2012
Publisher:Gaspereau Press Ltd.
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781554471072

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