Three Stages of Amazement

Three Stages of Amazement

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Charlie Pepper and Lena Rusch live in San Francisco in a modest pink bungalow they cannot afford. On the hill above them sit the great houses of the rich. Charlie and Lena grew up believing they could have it all. Now, in early middle age, life has delivered surprises and tests and they must face, for the first time, real limitations.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2011
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781439198308
Characteristics: 298 p. ; 25 cm


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Jun 11, 2011

I wish I could turn off my lit crtic. Here's a Silicoon Valley tale of marraige strained by a husband's startup ambitions.

Lena has quit her fulfilling job to stay home with the ailing baby while he husband develops his medical invention.

Poor Lena: an old flame reignites marital dissatisfaction just as her hated uncle funds the noble project.

Where's the story arc? Lena is angry and selfish from start to finish. Older women and her loving men are consistently tolerant of Lena's tantrums.

Plenty of well-decorated Atherton homes and startup financing details. Perhaps a good pool-read. But I don't have a pool.

debwalker Mar 06, 2011

"An expansive novel (with a lamentably fussy title) about the intricate economies of the American marriage."
NYT Book Review
Gabrielle Zevin
March 4, 2011


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Marneya Apr 13, 2013

10 of 10 excellent


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