Matrimony by Joshua Henkin
A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries)

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It's the fall of 1986, and Julian Wainwright, an aspiring writer, arrives at Graymont College in New England. Here he meets Carter Heinz, with whom he develops a strong but ambivalent friendship, and beautiful Mia Mendelsohn, with whom he falls in love. Spurred on by a family tragedy, Julian and Mia's love affair will carry them to graduation and beyond, taking them through several college towns, over the next fifteen years. Starting at the height of the Reagan era and ending in the new millennium, Matrimony is a stunning novel of love and friendship, money and ambition, desire and tensions of faith. It is a richly detailed portrait of what it means to share a life with someone-to do it when you're young, and to try to do it afresh on the brink of middle age.

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About Joshua Henkin

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Joshua Henkin is the author of the novel Swimming Across the Hudson, which was selected by the Los Angeles Times as a notable book of the year; his short stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in many journals and newspapers. He teaches at Sarah Lawrence College, Brooklyn College, and the 92nd Street Y in New York City. He lives in Brooklyn; visit him online at
Published August 26, 2008 by Vintage. 306 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This is just a lifelike, likable book populated by three-dimensional characters who make themselves very much at home on the page.

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In this second novel, a couple meet in college, marry, break up and reunite in middle age.

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Matrimony, the second novel by writer Joshua Henkin, opens with Julian Wainwright, a rich kid who wants to be a writer, as he enter his his freshman year at Graymont College in Northington, Massachusetts (a thinly disguised Amherst, as far as I can tell) to study under the charismatic Professor C...

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“Who’s going to take care of me?” So much turns on her mother’s illness: Julian and Mia’s hasty marriage, Mia’s relationship with her sister, her later preoccupation with her own health and having children.

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