A Box of Darkness by Sally Ryder Brady
The Story of a Marriage

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In the tradition of Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking, comes a poignant memoir about a marriage that was as deep and strong as it was mysterious and complex



Upton and Sally Brady were a rare breed: cultivated and elegant, they lived a life of literary glamour and high expectations. Sally a debutante; Upton a classics major from Harvard, they met at the Boston Cotillion. He was articulate, witty, and worldly, and he danced like Fred Astaire. How could she resist? Despite raising four children on Upton's modest wage as the editor-in-chief of the Atlantic Monthly Press, theirs was a world of champagne, sailboats, private islands, famous writers, family rituals, and ice-cold martinis. They lived life on their terms. But as time wore on, Upton, the charming and brilliant husband, the inventive, beguiling partner, grew opinionated, cranky, controlling, and dangerous.


When Upton died suddenly one evening in their Vermont cottage, Sally began uncovering secrets. As she went through his papers, she discovered that her husband of forty-six years had desired the love of other men. Her riveting, charismatic husband was not quite the man he appeared to be, and a year of mourning became for Sally a time to unravel the dark and unexpected web he had left behind. Hers is a moving and powerful story of coming to terms with what cannot be changed. It is also a story of great love.

 

About Sally Ryder Brady

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New York Times bestselling author Sally Brady, a writer, agent, teacher, and editor, has published a highly successful novel, Instar (1976), one illustrated book of adult humor called Sweet Memories (2006), and two books of non-fiction, A Yankee Christmas, Volumes I and II (1991 and ’92).
 
Published February 1, 2011 by St. Martin's Press. 257 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Self Help. Non-fiction

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Freelance editor and writer Brady (A Yankee Christmas: Feasts, Treats, Crafts, and Traditions of Wintertime New England, 1992, etc.) is the widow of Upton Brady, for many years the editor in chief of the Atlantic Monthly Press.

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“What do I know that I didn’t know I knew until now?” In 1970, seven years into a marriage that had produced four children in five and a half years, Upton returned to their Bedford, Mass., home from an overnight stay in Boston and admitted to Sally, with great shame, that he’d had sex wi...

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Entertainment Weekly

But as Sally reveals in her compelling but uneven memoir, A Box of Darkness, the marriage was — well, a box of darkness.

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Her riveting, charismatic husband was not quite the man he appeared to be, and a year of mourning became for Sally a time to unravel the dark and unexpected web he had left behind.

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I usually read 2 or 3 books at a time - but every once in awhile I hit a book that I just can’t put down - “A Box of Darkness - The Story of a Marriage” by Sally Ryder Brady is one of those books.

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