Monday, October 15, 2007

Buy and read Matrimony

My friend Joshua Henkin has a new novel in the stores. It's called Matrimony and it's really good. (Yes, I actually read it.)

The book explores a 20-year relationship between a couple starting in college.. and goes through the ups and downs of a long-term relationship and a marriage. The characters are about my vintage and large parts of the book place in Ann Arbor so that has special resonance for me. But you don't need those connections to enjoy the book.

To make it clear that I'm just ringing my friend's bell, check out this review in the NY Times.

I personally feel that too much contemporary fiction is about style and technique and calling attention to itself. Story telling can get lost. Josh writes in a low-key style that moves along and deflects attention away from itself and onto the characters and the story.

Buy the book and decide for yourself. If you are reading this blog, you should consider Josh the home team and root, root, root for him.