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|Love & the Mess We're In|
2012 / Fiction / $28.95
9781554471072 / Trade paper / 272 pp
When Viv flies to Buenos Aires for a secret liaison with Clive, there is no ambiguity as to their intentions adultery. But this is where conventionality terminates in Stephen Marches new novel, Love and the Mess Were In, a work whose lyric richness and inventiveness skillfully embody the tumbles and turns of love in a postmodern age. Marche collaborates with award-winning typographer Andrew Steeves to create richly polyschematic book pages whose influences range from the interwoven texts, geometric shaping and pattern-making of Hebraic calligraphy, illuminated manuscripts and incunabular typography to the ordered tangle of a New York City subway map.
Vivs husband, Tim, is Clives best friend. A breakdown has landed Tim in a mental institution, seemingly beyond recovery. His collapse brings Viv and Clive together in their grief, at a loss to navigate the loneliness, guilt, lust and, perhaps, love which they discover in their unsettling and morally ambiguous new context.
Love and the Mess Were In is an evocative, lithe story of love and redemption infused with Marches wit, insight and telescopic emotional range.
So dazzling, so unsentimental...
A work that is both beautiful and confusing.
In other words, an honest love story.
The New York Times
Stephen Marche is capable of writing
...any darn thing he wants.
The Globe & Mail
This countrys master creator
of parallel universes.
The National Post