The Slippage by Ben Greenman
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His protagonist is neither fully awake nor asleep. He is not a man of heartfelt insight or ethical honor, merely one trying to get by. Unexpectedly, the success of “The Slippage” lies in this hazy, in-between state of being...
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The Slippage is a wry, wistful tale of marriage, lust, and disconnection from Ben Greenman, the critically acclaimed author of What He’s Poised to Do.

William Day must confront some uncomfortable truths about his life and his future when his wife Louisa asks him to build her house. The take-it-or-leave-it demand becomes all the more difficult to swallow when he finds himself grappling with a past recklessness, an ex-girlfirend’s son he considers his own, and his own wants for what lies ahead.

Sure to appeal to everyone who has ever been in love and had their heart broken, The Slippage shares uncanny truths about intimacy and modern relationships.

 

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Ben Greenman is an editor at The New Yorker and the author of several acclaimed works of fiction, including the short story collections What He's Poised to Do; Superbad; Superworse; and A Circle Is a Balloon and Compass Both: Stories about Human Love; and the novel Please Step Back. His fiction, essays, and journalism have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Paris Review, Zoetrope: All Story, McSweeney's, Opium, and elsewhere, and have been widely anthologized. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.
 
Published April 23, 2013 by Harper Perennial. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by S. Kirk Walsh on Jun 07 2013

His protagonist is neither fully awake nor asleep. He is not a man of heartfelt insight or ethical honor, merely one trying to get by. Unexpectedly, the success of “The Slippage” lies in this hazy, in-between state of being...

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