The Story of a Million Years
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The Story of a Million Years

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  129 ratings  ·  17 reviews
The acclaimed poet and story writer David Huddle weaves a masterly portrait of two couples and their shared histories, desires, and secrets. Marcy, Allen, Uta, Jimmy -- each becomes the hero of his or her own story, as all mine the past for evidence of goodness.
David Huddle moves with remarkable agility from the imagination of a precocious adolescent girl, to the fears of...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 15th 2000 by Mariner Books (first published 1999)
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Laura McNeal
I read this book at least five years ago and it has stayed with me all this time. Indelible.
Mar 15, 2010 Lizzie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anybody with secrets
Shelves: fiction, read-in-2010
This novel starts with a woman recalling her affair, at age 15, with an older man, the husband of her mother's friend. Then other people tell their stories, a web of intersected relationships. Everyone has secrets, but they all think they can see through their spouses and friends and know their secrets.
This book gave me a lot to think about, partly because I had a similar affair when I was a teenager, partly because I'm married now and trying to understand my spouse and navigate the balance of k...more
One of my goodreads quotes is from this book, so I thought I should re-read it. Each chapter is told from a different character's point of view, and my favorite is still the chapter about the bookish character (Suzanne). The book covers the history and the friendship between/among two couples/four friends. It's about the choices we make and the secrets we keep from one another. I was most intrigued with the idea of how sometimes we may think we're keeping a secret from someone,but that person ma...more
storytelling by omission, coupled with luminous but unostentatious prose, this is a masterful group portrait of two couples, their shared relationships, and the instances in which their individual lives echo in each other. beginning with a secret affair between 15-year-old Marcy and the husband of her mother's friend, the story moves effortlessly between various perspectives and moments, presenting a stunning, moving, classically relevant tale in which each character seeks to recapture a kernel...more
This is a remarkable and tender book. I read it almost a decade ago yet it still remains vivid in my memory. Several scenes are rendered with such physical and emotional precision that you're sure to think of them often as you go about your days. There is a restaurant scene in particular that I'll never forget. There is a Lolita quality to this book yet it remains unique and fresh. I recommend this book to the languid reader. Relish these pages. Each chapter is a little cupcake.
Michael Whitaker
Though the book was well written - that is what I think kept me reading - the jumbled story of the two couples left me wanting more. I quickly grew bored of reading of affairs and extramarital affairs. Marcy, the center of these stories' universe, was quite a bland character, and was absolutely wonderfully intriguing to everyone, aparently, besides me. The first and last chapters were worth the price of admission and the time spent reading all the others.
I was expecting a story, but the book was really about secrets (something you would never tell someone in a million years) so basically the characters are remembering moments from their lives. I think I didn't like this much as I could have because I'm getting a little tired of books where each chapter is a first person perspective by a character. The problem is that in many cases, including this book, the characters all have the same style and voice.
Ben Rameaka
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When David's most recent book came out, I got this one, too. Actually, I think Kim got it for me. Still haven't read the most recent, but I just retread this. I loved it in college, but I get it more now. It's so beautiful. David Huddle would be a must read author for me even if I didn't know him personally. I think I need to retread LaTour Dreams of the Wolf Girl, too.
this book is really interesting...each chapter is from a different point of view and each person has their own secret they are hiding (or think they are hiding). it is well written and a quick read- i would definitely recommend it if you are looking for a more intelligent beach read kind of book.
Huddle was my favorite professor in college, incredibly smart, smartly funny, and most importantly - brought some of my favorite authors into my life. His class was on modern short fiction, and some of the authors he recommended/forced upon us actually changed my life.
This is a book that is really a collection of chapters each told by a different character, but loosely tied together. It is about relationships, and what we choose to share in the them, I found it to be a quick read that was alright.
I've started reading this book twice before and it got lost in the shuffle or just shunted aside for a more exciting read.

But this time, I loved it. I'll have these characters in my thoughts a long, long time, perhaps forever.
Per the author's legacy, reads like a set of short stories instead of a holistic novel. Even towards the end, I had little empathy for the lead characters, and some were completely dropped altogether.
Robyn Miller
Even better the second time around!!! Love this man!
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David Huddle (Born 11 July 1942) is an American multi-genre writer. His poems, essays, and short stories have appeared in Esquire, Harper's Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Story, The Autumn House Anthology of Poetry, and The Best American Short Stories. His work has also been included in anthologies of writing about the Vietnam War.

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