A Day at the Beach by Helen Schulman
A Novel

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The marriage of Gerhard and Suzannah Falktopf is already in trouble when tragedy strikes on the morning of September 11, 2001. Though they escape harm when the planes crash into the towers, husband and wife are suddenly cast into an unpredictable psychological space that allows their repressed selves, and their sharp differences, to rise to the surface. With their young son and nanny in tow, they head for the safety of the Hamptons. But despite their soft landing in this cocoon of privilege, the unleashed demons will push them to their psychic limits -- so much so that by the next morning they will hardly recognize each other.
Taking place over a manic twenty-four hours, A Day at the Beach is a fast-paced, razor-sharp story whose personal tragedy contains sparks of dark humor about American life pre- and post-9/11. Helen Schulman has crafted a powerful portrait of a marriage in crisis, framed by one of the darkest events in our country’s history.
 

About Helen Schulman

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Helen Schulman is the author of the novels A Day at the Beach, P.S., The Revisionist, and Out of Time, and the short story collection Not a Free Show. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Vanity Fair, Time, Vogue, GQ, the Paris Review, and the New York Times Book Review. An associate professor of writing at The New School, she lives in New York City with her husband and two children.
 
Published April 29, 2008 by Mariner Books. 227 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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On September 11, a Manhattan family escapes to the Hamptons as the Twin Towers fall.

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In this novel, a marriage’s fault lines are revealed after the events of 9/11.

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Schulman (P.S. ; The Revisionist ) doesn't disappoint with this narrative spanning 24 terrible hours in the life of the Fal

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Gerhard spends so much of the day thinking about his work-in-progress, Day at the Beach, but also thinking that "art was probably not the point right now."

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