So Long at the Fair by Christina Schwarz
A Novel

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Is it possible to be in love with two women at the same time? This is a question Jon has been asking himself frequently these days. He's loved his wife Ginny since the days when a chance encounter in the halls of their high school would leave him unable to speak. But recently Jon has found himself bewitched by Freddi, his colleague at the ad agency, where late-night brainstorming sessions devolve into giggles and sexual attraction. As Jon's guilt becomes all-consuming and Ginny inches closer discovery, a secret kept for thirty years threatens any hope of salvation. Weaving together past and present in a small Midwestern town, Schwarz beautifully conjures the emotional labyrinth of a marriage on the brink of collapse, and a history of love and revenge.


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About Christina Schwarz

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Christina Schwarz is the author of three previous novels, including the Oprah Book Club pick Drowning Ruth. Born and raised in rural Wisconsin, she lives in Southern California.
 
Published July 8, 2008 by Anchor. 274 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Westerns. Fiction

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One of the better moments in Christina Schwarz’s third novel occurs halfway through, when a man named Kaiser asks if it’s “more important to be happy or to be good.” In “So Long at the Fair,” the tussle between happiness and goodness — defined by slippery people like Kaiser quite simply as passio...

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Jon and Ginny Kepilkowski, high school sweethearts who were pushed into marriage by a freak accident, come to a crossroads when Jon, after an argument with Ginny, decamps to spend the day with mistress Freddi.

May 05 2008 | Read Full Review of So Long at the Fair: A Novel

Book Reporter

It’s pretty hard to write freshly about extramarital affairs --- Tolstoy and Flaubert did it rather well, after all --- and still more difficult to be honest and accurate about how a marriage feels from the inside (if you’ve never been married, you don’t know;

Jan 23 2011 | Read Full Review of So Long at the Fair: A Novel

USA Today

In her second novel since Drowning Ruth, Schwarz proves herself worthy of Winfrey's esteem with So Long at the Fair (Doubleday 244 pp., $24.95).Tautly written and compelling, So Long artfully depicts the co-existence in long-term happy marriages of ambivalence and passion, and the easy temptation...

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Bookmarks Magazine

With page-turning intensity and in prose at once lush and precise, she beautifully conjures the emotional labyrinth of a marriage on the brink of collapse and proves that no matter how hard we work to stifle them, the secrets of the past refuse to be ignored.

Betrayal versus loyalty .

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