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So Long at the Fair (2008) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

In the summer of 1963 a plot for revenge destroys a career, a friendship, and a family. The consequences of the scandalous event continue to reverberate, touching the next generation. Thirty years later, over the course of one day, Jon struggles to decide whether to end his affair or his marriage. His wife, Ginny, moving closer to discovering his adultery, begins working for an older man who is mysteriously connected to their families' pasts. And Jon's mistress is being courted by a suitor who may be more menacing than he initially seems. As relationships among the characters ebb and flow on that July day, the novel illuminates the ties that bind people together, and the surprising risks they take in the name of love.

Past and present is woven into a richly textured portrait of the secrets and deceptions that simmer beneath everyday life in a small Midwestern town. The story conjures the emotional labyrinth of a marriage on the brink of collapse and proves that no matter how hard we work to stifle them, the secrets of the past refuse to be ignored. Betrayal versus loyalty...lust versus love...infidelity versus honor.

Original title: So Long at the Fair
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionTies That Bind
FictionGeneral FictionRegional Interest
FictionGeneral FictionTroubled Lives

Edition #1: So Long at the Fair

So Long at the Fair (2008)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Following one crucial day in a marriage tottering on the brink, Schwarz shows the fragility, complexity, and danger inherent in love. A true American tragedy, full of love as well as despair." Kirkus Reviews
  • "Fans of Christina Schwarz will be thrilled to see that she's back, and once again displaying her greatest strength as a writer: a deep, almost unnerving empathy for human frailty that lends suspense and poigance to the most "ordinary" of domestic emotional struggles. The way she moves back and forth with such ease among her characters and the way she tells the story of a complex family history through the events of a single day impressed me mightily." Julia Glass, author of Three Junes and The Whole World Over
  • "Over and over in So Long at the Fair I found myself being torn in different directions. That's how real this novel feels and that's how complicated the plot becomes as Schwarz gradually reveals the vexed history of each of her vivid and complex characters. A wonderul and deeply satisfying novel." Margot Livesey, author fo The House on Fortune Street
  • "Nobody really knows what goes on in other people's marriages. Well, nobody except, maybe, Christina Schwarz, who delves with astonishing clarity and honesty into the hearts and heads of those who love, honor, and break all the rules. So Long at the Fair stampedes forward with elegant writing and a swift and noisy plot that held me in its thrall from the first page until the last. Anyone who has ever had a relationship, or is even thinking about having one, should read this book." Betsy Carter, author Swim to Me
  • "So Long at the Fair is both compelling and intimate. Christina Schwarz dives deeply into the hearts and minds of her characters, and their dynamics are utterly convincing The result is a literary page-turner of immense satisfaction." Patrick Ryan, author of Send Me
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So Long at the Fair (July 2008)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Doubleday
ISBN: 9780385510295
Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.34 x 1.01
Pages: 244

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