An Actual Life

An Actual Life

eBook - 1996
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"Virginia and Buddy "had to get married." Their daughter, Madeline, was conceived the first time they "did it" in Buddy's room at college. Virginia's college asked her to leave. Her parents put on a wedding. And now? Well, as Virginia puts it, "now that we know each other a little better it turns out we are actually strangers." Set in 1960, AN ACTUAL LIFE, is about the second summer of Buddy and Virginia's marriage. There's no money, no love, no foreseeable future. They both try hard, but Virginia is all of nineteen and Buddy only just past twenty and neither one has a clue how to make this misbegotten marriage work. The way it ends is both a complete surprise and utterly inevitable."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina :, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,, 1996
ISBN: 9781565127036
Characteristics: 1 online resource (252 pages)
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Jul 17, 2018

I picked this book up after a great read of Ms. Thomas' 2000 autobiography Safekeeping which I gave 5 stars to, and I am glad to know that this was her earlier work from which she improved. The depiction of a young mother caught in a loveless nowhere shotgun marriage with an unfaithful husband was depressing as the marriage was and although it did display some of the author' wit and humor which later showed in Safekeeping it was too dark for me.


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