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Domestic Pleasures: A Novel txt Domestic Pleasures: A Novel, text ebook Domestic Pleasures: A Novel, adobe reader Domestic Pleasures: A Novel, chapter 2 Domestic Pleasures: A Novel, Domestic Pleasures: A Novel 715e0f After Her Ex Husband Dies In A Plane Crash, Martha Gaver Is Horrified To Learn That The Executor Of Raymond S Estate Is Charlie, The Conservative, Insufferable Lawyer Who Represented Raymond In Their Bitter Divorce Yet Soon After They Reenter Each Other S Lives, Martha, Charlie, And Their Teenage Children Find They Have In Common Than They Imagined As They Struggle To Rebuild Their Livesand That Opposites Really Do AttractEngaging,, Witty, And Entertaining, Domestic Pleasures Is A Touching, Piercing Tale Of Love Lost, Found, And Embraced Once Again


About the Author: Beth Gutcheon

Beth Gutcheon grew up in western Pennsylvania She was educated at Harvard where she took an honors BA in English literature She has spent most of her adult life in New York City, except for sojourns in San Francisco and on the coast of Maine In 1978, she wrote the narration for a feature length documentary on the Kirov ballet school, The Children of Theatre Street, which was nominated for an Ac



10 thoughts on “Domestic Pleasures: A Novel

  1. says:

    When Raymond Gaver s plane crashes enroute from LA to NY, Charlie Leveque, his attorney, is the one to tell Raymond s ex wife Martha Martha, who remembers hating Charlie for his role in turning her world upside down in the divorce from Raymond.And now she discovers that he is the executor of the estate and the one to whom she must address financial requests for her son Jack.Sorting through the detritus of a life abruptly ended brings these characters in close proximity with one another, and then, almost by accident, Charlie and Martha become friends She begins to understand that he is not to blame for how Raymond tore her life apart, and, in fact, he has gone through his own divorce and is left trying to figure out how to raise his teenage daughter Phoebe They realize they have in common than they thought.As their relationship begins to change and they become close, they discover that, as it turns out, their children are tight friends, who may be than friends Instead of making life easier, this complicates things.The journey of these characters in forging their new lives, separately, and later together, is beautifully wrought, set against the backdrop of Manhattan life with all of its complexities.Gutcheon has a unique talent for showing us what life looks like in Manhattan in the 1990s, and especially how to navigate life after divorce in these times She is brilliant at dialogue, showing us the delightfully awkward movements of adults discovering new love, just as she also takes us right into the world of teenagers, with all their funky behaviors and appearances We begin to see each of the characters we hear what they hear and chuckle at their flaws, foibles, and missteps Here is an excerpt that spotlights some of the issues for Martha and Charlie Martha looked doubtful She was so tired she could hardly remember why it was she couldn t just fall into his arms and go to sleep Why couldn t they just tell the children to behave themselves Think of the pleasure of cooking breakfast together for all three children, of going to bed together two nights in a row, of going to the supermarket together and deciding together what to cook, of taking a walk together without having to arrange baby sitters or take three subways to get to each other to do it Think of sitting together in lamplight after dinner, reading and looking forward to going upstairs to bed together, instead of looking forward to going out in the rain, getting in a cab, and going sixty blocks to sleep alone We meet other characters along the way, like Sophie, Charlie s ex girlfriend, and her sister Connie, whose marriage is falling apart These characters intersect with the others, almost randomly, but their appearances somehow shape and redefine the lives of our major players.But what obstacles will appear to seemingly derail their lives How do the complexities of sharing their domestic lives somehow prevent or complicate those ordinary moments And how, finally, will each of them sort it all out so that the domestic pleasures can be accessible to them I loved Domestic Pleasures A Novel and thoroughly enjoyed savoring the lives of such colorful and real characters that made me root for them, and long for their victories, even as they struggled There were humorous and sad moments, just as there are in real life, in this memorable tale that I highly recommend for anyone who enjoys touching, piercing stories of love lost, found, and embraced once again Five stars.


  2. says:

    This book has been in my to read box for a very long time, and what a pleasure to dive into a character driven novel where I can indulge in thoughts and motivations instead of a runaway plot Martha Garver s ex husband dies in a plane crash and she is horrified to learn that the executor of his estate, and the person who will be handling her son s trust fund is none other than Charlie Leveque, the conservative and insufferable attorney who represented her ex husband Raymond in their bitter divorce However, after meeting regarding the business of the will, Martha and Charlie both discover that they have in common than they ever could have imagined Martha s husband may be dead, but Charlie has his own insufferable ex wife to deal with both have teenage children with all their myriad problems and both find themselves, remarkably enjoying the same things Sooner rather than later, Martha and Charlie find themselves attracted to each other However, as in all novels of manners, the course of love cannot run too smoothly How they work out the rocky bumps in their relationship and come to a satisfactory conclusion makes for a most enjoyable read.


  3. says:

    While the story was predictable, this was a wonderful book to read I enjoyed every page One of Beth Gutcheon s better books.


  4. says:

    I don t know if I ve read her books before probably but I enjoyed this bookthoroughly She seems to excel at describing the foibles we all exhibit in relationships.


  5. says:

    One of my all time favorite books And it s not really about domesticity, or housekeeping.


  6. says:

    3.5 stars Incredibly well written characters They were so real It was a total soap opera, no real redeeming message, but I kept turning those pages.


  7. says:

    Like Martha, I could barely tolerate the notion of her ex husbands divorce lawyer who well and truly f ed up her life, hitting on her Like Martha, he won me over This was an interesting book to read in that I could potentially call this serious chic lit The prose was by no means heavy handed, but light, yet with substance If I were to become a writer, this light with substance I think is what I would strive for This is the very first time in a book with multiple character lives that I actually became invested in The drama with Sophie s sister, Sophie herself, all had me captivated I didn t really care about the teenagers, but I did enjoy the merging of lives, of families This is a story about people constructing families I really felt bad for Phoebe, and personally I hope she rebels some She s earned it All their teenage drama was fairly boring, but I enjoyed the contrasts of neighbourhood schools Their upperclass lives in New York was pretty alienating as a reader It definitely did not draw me in At one point Charlie is helping Martha s son try on some of his fathers clothes, and sees his tag and things The Gap Doesn t this kid own any real clothes I m sorry, but isn t The Gap like the definition of elitism Maybe it was like the WalMart equivalent in 1991, but now it s definitely the rich kids store Then again, I exist outside the wealthy NYC bubble I spent much of the time throughout this book wondering about their respective rents What was really awesome about this book was that Gutcheon included cheesy moments but made them believable She saw a love story, and instead of writing about it observantly like Alice Munroe or grossly mushy like Danielle Steele, she s like, how can I write a cute scene without wanting to throw up The whole snowstorm scene at the ski chalet, forced to share a bed trope, well, Gutcheon made it actually believable Charlie s bursts of romantic intentions were both adorable and convincing.Would I reread Possibly I think when I m an older woman with a family maybe , I would find interest in aspects to this book than simply the romance For now it s going into my donate pile, but with good wishes.


  8. says:

    3.5 good family dysfunction story


  9. says:

    Quaint and dated at this point but I do like the way that Gutcheon writes her characters.


  10. says:

    Persephone Books turned me on to Gutcheon with its re issue of Still Missing, so when Jen recommended this title, I kept an eye out for a copy at Powell s Gutcheon has a real talent for focusing on the domestic while also evoking a strong sense of time and place This time and place is New York City in the mid to late 1980s, which means OF COURSE that our heroine has to have a SoHo loft I m not complaining about Martha s loft, which is a realistic match for her character I m just envious of all those great 1980s real estate deals Although some of the plot elements were a little too coincidental and even a little far fetched the Washington Square Park scene, for instance , the characters fully inhabited my space and the book was quietly unputdownable.


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