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Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen
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Jul 02, 2008

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Read in July, 2008

I really admire this book.

I interpreted it as the telling of what happens when somebody you love changes. The narrator, rather than acknowledging that his wife had simply changed as a person, becomes convinced that she is NOT his wife. He runs away to Argentina, her country of origin, to find out the truth about her.

It's a heart-breaking story, really. Some of us (ahem) have a hard time adjusting when others change, and it can honestly drive you to the brink of insanity.

On some levels I think the book challenged the institution of marriage-- not so much as a warning about the horrors of marriage-- but as a reminder that people change and that marriage is work and you have to commit to loving someone til death do you part, etc.

It's very good, highly recommended; not summer fluff.
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