The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life by William Nicholson

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Laura is a happily married mother of two who begins to question her choices when her first love resurfaces after twenty years. She’s forced to compare the passion of that relationship with the domesticity of her suburban life. What if she’d stayed with him? Would she be happier? And what is happiness, really?

Little does she know that many others in her gentrified English village, including a rector who’s lost his faith, a frustrated school teacher, and a successful single mother who can’t get over her ex, are struggling with their own personal crises.


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About William Nicholson

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William Nicholson is a screenwriter, playwright, television writer, and novelist. Perhaps best known for his Academy Award-nominated screenplays for Shadowlands and Gladiator, he is also the author of several young adult and fantasy novels and a sequence of contemporary adult novels set in England. He lives in Sussex, England.
 
Published July 1, 2010 by Soho Press. 353 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Publishers Weekly

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Piercing insights into married life and smalltown living distinguish Nicholson's thoughtful if quiet latest. Laura Broad, a married mother of two, has her domestic agenda seriously disrupted when she

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The Guardian

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The reader knows she has – at most – a week to make up her mind whether she is in or out of her marriage.

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New York Journal of Books

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Nicholson is meticulous in narrating her smoldering lust for a younger man and the parallel life Marion lives inside her head to compensate for an unfulfilled real life.

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While most of the middle aged characters go through a satisfying emotional story arc during the ten days of the story and generally end up in a better place than when the book starts, the same cannot be said for the older residents in the village who are invariably sad characters, which isn't exa...

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