The Affairs of Others by Amy Grace Loyd
A Novel

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The Affairs of Others is highly intriguing and engrossing, but toward the middle of the story as Celia grows more and more uncomfortable with the rough and abusive sex she hears Hope having in the apartment overhead, the tale begins to lag and clichés in the storyline pop up...
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A MESMERIZING DEBUT NOVEL ABOUT A YOUNG WOMAN, HAUNTED BY LOSS, WHO REDISCOVERS PASSION AND POSSIBILITY WHEN SHE'S DRAWN INTO THE TANGLED LIVES OF HER NEIGHBORS

Five years after her young husband's death, Celia Cassill has moved from one Brooklyn neighborhood to another, but she has not moved on. The owner of a small apartment building, she has chosen her tenants for their ability to respect one another's privacy. Celia believes in boundaries, solitude, that she has a right to her ghosts. She is determined to live a life at a remove from the chaos and competition of modern life. Everything changes with the arrival of a new tenant, Hope, a dazzling woman of a certain age on the run from her husband's recent betrayal. When Hope begins a torrid and noisy affair, and another tenant mysteriously disappears, the carefully constructed walls of Celia's world are tested and the sanctity of her building is shattered—through violence and sex, in turns tender and dark. Ultimately, Celia and her tenants are forced to abandon their separate spaces for a far more intimate one, leading to a surprising conclusion and the promise of genuine joy.

Amy Grace Loyd investigates interior spaces of the body and the New York warrens in which her characters live, offering a startling emotional honesty about the traffic between men and women. The Affairs of Others is a story about the irrepressibility of life and desire, no matter the sorrows or obstacles.

 

About Amy Grace Loyd

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AMY GRACE LOYD is an executive editor at Byliner, Inc. The former fiction and literary editor at Playboy magazine, Loyd has also worked in the fiction department at The New Yorker. A recipient of MacDowell and Yaddo fellowships, she lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Published August 27, 2013 by Picador. 304 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

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on Jun 17 2013

Celia witnesses and participates in small acts of violence and sexual exploration, and her past and Hope’s present force down Celia’s walls. Lloyd’s character study is narrow in scope but long on intensity and emotion.

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Michelle Martinez on Aug 27 2013

The Affairs of Others is highly intriguing and engrossing, but toward the middle of the story as Celia grows more and more uncomfortable with the rough and abusive sex she hears Hope having in the apartment overhead, the tale begins to lag and clichés in the storyline pop up...

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