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Domestic Partners (2009 release)
Trophy House is an
extraordinary and complex novel, at one level a romantic thriller, at
another a deeply satisfying story about the disintegration of a marriage
and the consequences for all concerned -- that rare piece of fiction that
is at once thrilling, grown-up and completely believable.
It begins with the construction of a totally inappropriate and enormous
house -- a "trophy house" -- which unexpectedly comes to threaten the
tranquility of what appears to be one woman's perfect life and marriage.
Dannie Faber has lots of reasons to feel blessed. A children's book
illustrator, she shares a loving marriage with Tom, an M.I.T. professor,
with whom she divides her time between one of Boston's finest suburbs and
a beloved beach house in Truro, on Cape Cod. And then, for reasons she
could not possibly have foreseen, Dannie's life begins to unravel.
With Trophy House, Anne Bernays -- author of Professor Romeo
and Growing Up Rich -- delivers a poignant, funny, and ultimately
wrenching story of adults in peril and the unlikely hope for romance that,
in the end, becomes the key to surviving events that are beyond their
control. It is a brilliant and moving portrait of a marriage.
An academic Don Juan collides with contemporary
The Address Book
The School Book
Growing up Rich
Winner Edward Lewis Wallant Award
Back Then: Two Literary Lives in 1950s New York
(2002) with Justin Kaplan
Novelist Anne Bernays and biographer Justin Kaplan
-- both native New Yorkers -- came of age in the 1950s, when the pent-up
energies of the Depression years and World War II were at flood tide.
Written in two separate voices, Back Then is thecandid, anecdotal
account of these two children of privilege -- one from New York's East
Side, the other from the West Side -- pursuing careers in publishing and
eventually leaving to write their own books.
Infused with intelligence and charm, Back Then is an elegant
reflection on the transformative years in the lives of two young people
and New York City. Marked by their youthful passions, this double memoir
marries the authors' distinct literary styles with a riveting narrative
that captures the density and texture of private, social, and working life
The Language of Names: What We Call Ourselves and Why It Matters
(1997) with Justin Kaplan
As delightful and playful as it is profound and
serious, The Language of Names is an absolute original -- a
fascinating book that reveals us to ourselves, that demonstrates the
endless variety of ways in which names shape our daily lives. Drawing on
social and literary history, psychology and anthropology, anecdotes, and
life stories, biographer Justin Kaplan and novelist Anne Bernays have
written a fascinating account of names and naming in contemporary society
that touches on class structure, ethnic and religious practices, manners,
and everyday life.
Graceful, eloquent, and richly informed, The Language of Names
explores and illuminates our favorite subject -- ourselves.
What If?: Writing Exercises for Fiction
Writers (1990) with Pamela Painter
This how-to-write fiction book is comprised primarily of
exercises introduced by brief but informative essays on the aspects of
fiction. Long on specifics and short on theoretical information so often
found in books about the art of writing, this text provides a practical,
hands-on approach to writing fiction. Organized by the elements of fiction
and concluded by an anthology of contemporary fiction, this book helps all
fiction writers hone and improve their craft. The elements of
fictionócharacter, point of view, dialogue, plot, style and revision. For
those interested in improving fiction-writing skills.
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