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3.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 5 3.59 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Sean Greer Narrator: S. Epatha Merkerson Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN:
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We think we know the ones we love. So Pearlie Cook begins her indirect and devastating exploration of the mystery at the heart of every relationship: how we can ever truly know another person.

It is 1953 and Pearlie, a dutiful young housewife, finds herself living in the Sunset District in San Francisco, caring not only for her husband's fragile health but also for her son, who is afflicted with polio. Then, one Saturday morning, a stranger appears on her doorstep and everything changes. All the certainties by which Pearlie has lived and tried to protect her family are thrown into doubt. Does she know her husband at all? And what does the stranger want in return for his offer of a hundred thousand dollars? For six months in 1953 young Pearlie Cook struggles to understand the world around her, and most especially her husband, Holland.

Pearlie's story is a meditation not only on love but also on the effects of war, with one war recently over and another coming to a close. Set in a climate of fear and repression - political, sexual, and racial - The Story of a Marriage portrays three people trapped by the confines of their era, and the desperate measures they are prepared to take to escape it. Lyrical and surprising, The Story of a Marriage looks back at a period that we tend to misremember as one of innocence and simplicity. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teryl | 2/20/2014

    " I liked it and he writes really well. I wonder how many couples suffer in potentially wonderful relationships because of lack of communication. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 2/18/2014

    " WOW!!!I can see how his book has gotten such good reviews. It lived up to those high praises. It was full of surprises and kept me reading long into the night. It certainly has book group discussion written all over it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcie | 2/13/2014

    " About the 50's, aftermath of WWII, Korean War, marriage, knowing someone else, etc., etc. Was good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 2/9/2014

    " Good and easy read for an airplane ride. More like a short story that became a nice little book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Blake | 2/7/2014

    " Good, a little confusing, but I enjoyed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eugene Lee | 2/6/2014

    " Beautiful writing, interesting period ('50s America) with some unexpected twists; not as great as "Max Tivoli" but still a good read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Esme Pie | 2/1/2014

    " This book is beautifully written . . . lovely language . . . very poetic. But, the characters didn't feel real to me. I couldn't connect to them or their struggles. While reading, I kept thinking how appropriate this takes place in San Francisco because it all feels so foggy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara Benwell | 1/23/2014

    " I declared this novelist my new favorite this week. This book is a masterpiece. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Felicity | 1/15/2014

    " Baffled and sometimes perplexed by it as well...interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emilie | 1/9/2014

    " The prose of this novel was very beautiful and the poetry of it made the plot twists seem even more surprising. I will definitely add more Andrew Sean Greer to my reading list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 12/29/2013

    " Really good -- subtle but surprising. My jaw literally dropped at least three times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 12/27/2013

    " Dark weird story told by a woman about her marriage to a gay man, who she didn't know was gay for many years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy Desetti | 12/25/2013

    " Really good book. Good for our book club discussion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lhou | 11/16/2013

    " a very romantic writing...i juast read excerpt..i have yet to read the entire book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Radovich | 9/3/2013

    " the twists in Greer's story are not added for simple shock effect...they work to bring you into his story and keep you there. I was very impressed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 8/6/2013

    " Don't be fooled by the slim size of this luminous book. What a beautiful meditation, full of surprises and heartbreak and light. It asks the question How well can we really know someone? Its poetic answer lies in a well-told, lyrical story of one marriage. This is art. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marla | 1/27/2013

    " I really loved this book. Beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 8/24/2012

    " What a touchingly beautiful book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Manuela | 4/19/2012

    " Great book to read, enjoyed every page. Not sure I understood the end though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Merrill | 12/24/2011

    " Don't bother. Read "The Confessions of Max Tivoli" instead. That's a winner. I want my 3 hours back for this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dorothy | 12/10/2011

    " From the get go, this book portrays the inaccuracies of memories and emotions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joelle Hatem | 11/1/2011

    " One of the most gripping and most lyrical explorations of the mystery at the heart of every relationship - how we can ever truly know another person. Beautifully written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 6/9/2011

    " Started out really good but lost steam. Narrator was just too distant and the main event was revealed so early in the book but then took forever to get there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 6/3/2011

    " Good and easy read for an airplane ride. More like a short story that became a nice little book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 5/9/2011

    " Intriguing from beginning to end, well-written without being self-consciously so. First edition, hardback. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo-dee | 4/22/2011

    " This book was very interesting and a great book club book. Lots to discuss but not for everyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kalpana | 4/6/2011

    " It's beautifully written, but some of the plot is a little clunky. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emilie | 4/1/2011

    " The prose of this novel was very beautiful and the poetry of it made the plot twists seem even more surprising. I will definitely add more Andrew Sean Greer to my reading list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharen | 3/23/2011

    " wonderful story, a couple of quick turns! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 2/22/2011

    " I liked the quiet tone of this book, but I found the writing confounding at times. It was not always clear to me what the characters thought, or why they chose to do what they did. Nevertheless, I thought the story was compelling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 1/23/2011

    " Decent tale, but I just could not get into the writing style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joelle | 1/22/2011

    " One of the most gripping and most lyrical explorations of the mystery at the heart of every relationship - how we can ever truly know another person. Beautifully written. "

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About the Author
Author Andrew Sean Greer

Andrew Sean Greer is the bestselling author of The Story of a Marriage and The Confessions of Max Tivoli, which was a Today book club selection and received a California Book Award. He lives in San Francisco.

About the Narrator

S. Epatha Merkerson plays the role of Lieutenant Anita Van Buren on the perennial hit series Law & Order. An Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG Award winner, Merkerson has won critical acclaim for her brilliant work in theater, television, and film. She is a native of Detroit and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Wayne State University. She lives in New York City.