Asa, as I Knew Him by Susanna Kaysen
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Dinah Sachs and Asa Thayer have had a love affair, conducted in afternoons stolen from the office of the magazine where they work. But now that the affair is over, Dinah, in an act of lingering passion, invents a narrative of Asa's youth, imagining the events that shaped the "happy, handsome man" who, in her words, "was born to stomp on my heart."

Witty and sexy, funny and immediate, Asa, As I Knew Him is a a seductive dialogue between love and memory, obsession and illusion.


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About Susanna Kaysen

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Susanna Kaysen is also the author of Girl, Interrupted and Asa, As I Knew Him. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
 
Published April 29, 2010 by Vintage. 177 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Dinah, a 30-ish Jewish proofreader, recalls her love affair with older, married, WASP-y Asa Thayer, her boss at a Cambridge, Mass., magazine—in a literate, often stylish first novel that tries hard (without real success) to transcend the shallow characters and romantic/cultural clichÃ...

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