The external lives of Clark, a high school guidance counselor, and Charlotte, a bookkeeper, are utterly ordinary, but their interior lives are as bold and complex as abstract paintings colored by imagined possibilities, childhood joys and, more darkly, by deeply buried fears. When Clark rescues a young boy from drowning, a chain of events-some comic, some harrowing-is set in motion, revealing the fault lines of the couple's marriage and individual psyches.
Amity Gaige is a consummate stylist. Her every sentence contains a tiny world-marrying striking images to deep, soulful ideas in perfectly concise fashion.
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O My Darling is brilliant and engaging
I love all of Amity Gaige's books but this novel is my favorite. The clarity of her prose is astounding. Her overall style is poetic and musical. The novel's complexity comes from her ability to weave a storyline with a rare precision. I would not consider it a reach to compare her novels to a fine wine like a Château Margaux Bordeaux.