Westchester Burning by Amine Wefali
Portrait of a Marriage

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Amine Wefali had four beautiful children and houses in Westchester, Nantucket, and Florida--but her marriage had become acrimonious. She had moved into the attic of her exclusive home in Westchester, a suburb of New York, while Phillip, her prosperous husband, remained downstairs. Torn between ambivalent emotions about her marriage and the inability to articulate her own longing for freedom, Wefali channeled her frustration into a whirlwind of domestic activity. Emotionally estranged, financially dependent, she was landlocked.

Parting the curtains on the intimate stage of contemporary marriage, Wefali delicately coaxes from beneath the surface of domestic life the poignancy, tragedy, loss, and humor that punctuate a long-term relationship. With lacerating wit and candor--about herself and the upperclass world around her--Wefali finds her way out of the attic and into the selfhood she always wanted. And along her journey, she has recorded a stunning personal odyssey both unique and universal.


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About Amine Wefali

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Amine Wefali studied creative writing at Columbia University. Her work has appeared in Open City magazine. She lives in New York.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Delta. 220 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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In hypnotically flat, simple sentences, Wefali tells the story of the rise and fall of her almost upper-class, Westchester, N.Y., marriage.

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