Christine Schutt: Prosperous Friends

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book.jpgTwo artists find themselves in an inexplicable and unhappy marriage in Christine Schutt's Prosperous Friends (Grove Press), a novel written in hypnotic prose. Schutt describes the writing process as one in which concrete detail, poetic rhythm, and instinctual knowledge of character replace conventional narrative propulsion. The results are gripping, suspenseful, and thoroughly ambiguous.

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