Memories of a Marriage by Louis Begley
A Novel

78%

5 Critic Reviews

Begley’s effortless storytelling will have readers equally fascinated by Lucy and Phillips’s complex, tangled relationship.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

By the author of the beloved Schmidt series, Memories of a Marriage is a penetrating look at class and privilege, shifting from Paris to Manhattan, Long Island to Newport. Mourning his wife and daughter, and on the edge of old age, Philip reencounters an astonishing woman from his past: Lucy De Bourgh, an heiress who was once a passionate debutante and the intimate of many men, including Philip himself. As she reveals the startling details of her failed marriage to Thomas Snow—a townie turned powerful international banker, liked by many but to her a loathsome monster—Philip discovers a story that will challenge his assumptions about those he has known, admired, and desired. A triumph by an author expert in revealing the good breeding and bad behavior of the moneyed elite, Memories of a Marriage is an eloquent and irresistible book that explores all the varieties of love and the very concept of truth.
 
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Praise for Memories of a Marriage
 
“Among contemporary novelists, [Begley] may be the wryest, most devastating critic of class in American society.”—The Washington Post
 
“Engrossing . . . Louis Begley gives us a chance to see into . . . the most private recesses of another couple’s marriage.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
“This delicious, dazzling novel about the rise and fall of a great American debutante kept me up all night.”—Susan Cheever
 
“A consummately constructed monument to human imperfection.”—San Francisco Chronicle
 
“[Begley is] an elegant stylist with a dry wit and a merciless eye.”—The Wall Street Journal
 
“A fiendishly clever, Fitzgeraldesque tale about marriage, friendship, gossip, and self-justification.”—Booklist


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About Louis Begley

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Louis Begley lives in New York City. His previous novels are About Schmidt, As Max Saw It, The Man Who Was Late, Matters of Honor, Mistler's Exit, Schmidt Delivered, Shipwreck, and Wartime Lies. www.louisbegley.com
 
Published July 9, 2013 by Ballantine Books. 221 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Erotica, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Memories of a Marriage
All: 5 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 1

NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Meg Wolitzer on Aug 02 2013

“Memories of a Marriage,” while concerning itself with the search for truth in the most private spaces, also addresses the larger question of how anyone ever goes about finding the truth.

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WSJ online

Above average
Reviewed by MOIRA HODGSON on Jul 26 2013

Philip, who clearly has his voyeur side, is drawn into Lucy's story...But is he a reliable narrator? In the end you are left wondering what's fact and what's fiction, and to what extent memory is playing its tricks, in this depressing tale of a doomed, unhappy marriage.

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Kirkus

Above average
on May 15 2013

Less interesting as a novel than as insight into the mind of a novelist.

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Washington Times

Good
Reviewed by Corinna Lothar on Aug 02 2013

Elegant and cool are the adjectives that come to mind in reading one of Louis Begley’s beautifully crafted novels. Add a touch of sardonic irony. His latest, “Memories of a Marriage,” is no exception.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Apr 22 2013

Begley’s effortless storytelling will have readers equally fascinated by Lucy and Phillips’s complex, tangled relationship.

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