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3.63  ·  Rating details ·  4,421 ratings  ·  753 reviews
"Every story has a narrator. Someone who writes it down after it's all over. Why am I the narrator of this story? I am because it is the story of my life—and of the people I love most. . . ."

Harry and Madeleine Winslow have been blessed with talent, money, and charm. Harry is a National Book Award–winning author on the cusp of greatness. Madeleine is a woman of sublime bea
Hardcover, 388 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by William Morrow (first published October 3rd 2012)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jeffrey by: Will Byrnes
”It is one thing to be lied to, but it is something else again to be the liar. But even then, most of us don’t look at it like that. We make up our own excuses, justifying the betrayal, clothing it in nobler raiment. It is easy to pretend that maintaining a lie is in the best interest of those we might hurt, supreme in the confidence that we will never get caught. Of all deceptions, that is the most common and the most foolish--and the one for which people have the least sympathy.”

A couple of de
Will Byrnes
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Charles Dubow has been there and done that, spending his summers at the family’s place in the Hamptons, counting among his ancestors a US Vice President and the founder of BF Goodrich. He knows the tones of old money, and, as a founding editor of, and later editor at Businessweek, he knows firsthand about the riche, both ancien and nouveau. So it is no wonder that when he turned his talents to fiction he would write of what he knows. It is also clear that he knows about much more than ...more
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it, all-time-fav
"We make so many right decisions in life, but it is the wrong ones that can never be forgiven."

A very emotional book, it's sneaks up on you and hooks you until the very end. Riveting!!
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-audible, favorites
Holy Moly…what a juicy book! Well written, prurient, unputdownable. The novel is perfectly titled. It isn’t difficult to figure out that it refers to a reckless decision that may ultimately lead to ruinous repercussions. At first, I was merely engaged as I witnessed the events in the life of this elegant and sophisticated couple…who seemed so perfectly matched and happily married. Later in the novel, I was riveted while waiting for the hammer to fall and the final outcome. Great Book! "Oh, what ...more
switterbug (Betsey)
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
You will know almost from the beginning whether this book is for you. It will strike you as either timeless or time-worn. There are few surprises in the storyline; it is definitely the journey, not the destination, that matters, and the perennial themes of love, betrayal, and desire. Moreover, the significance of memory is the lodestar that makes this book shine, subtly so.

Love triangles are common in novels; this one has a familiar Gatsby quality. The narrator is the odd man out, the even four
Larry H
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Boy, did I love this book. I actually finished it days ago but haven't had time to write a review until now, and I've not been able to get it out of my mind.

Madeleine and Harry Winslow have been together since they were students at Yale some 20 years earlier. They have it all—charm, looks, money, and talent, as Harry is a National Book Award-winning author just on the verge of becoming a household name. They are always surrounded by friends and acquaintances, whether they're at their summer home
Charles Dubow's debut Indiscretion seems to be one of those books that I Just Don't Get. It's not that I hated it. It's just that so many people seem to be raving about it and I really don't understand why. As a result of reading some five-star reviews and something that compared it to The Secret History (pfft - as if), I was very excited about this book and was looking forward to savouring the discovery of a new favourite: unfortunately, I was disappointed.

In brief, this is the story of an impo
Teresa Lukey
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book sucked me in right from the start. How many books are there about infidelity of unfaithful partners? Probably more than I can count. Why is Indiscretion different? I can't quite put my finger on it but I feel like it had something to do with the constant niggling in the back of my mind that something was going to go drastically wrong? Did something else happen you ask? Well, yes, but you're going to have to read this book to find out.

I could really feel the love between Maddy, Harry an
Cathy DuPont
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Cathy by: Will Byrnes
“Nothing looks so like innocence as an indiscretion.” Oscar Wilde

I’ve been fretting over this review for days.

Now, what should I say today about this book? Maybe I should choose the other draft review from yesterday. Or perhaps I should I go that other direction and post the review I wrote last Friday? Decisions, decision, decisions.

Not telling you anything you don’t already know, but decisions are made by all of us all of the time each and every day. Some, of course, are more life altering d
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Harry Winslow lives the perfect life. He has a beautiful wife, Maddy, an adorable son and a fantastic career as a successful author. To top it all off, he spends his summers at the Hamptons with his friends and family enjoying his charmed life. One day at the beach he meets a young girl named Claire who he ends up running into again at one of his parties, so finally, he and his wife, Maddy, take her under their wings as she is sort of down and out on her luck. Initially, they make Claire one of ...more
Aug 17, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This was one of those books I looked forward to reading for a couple of months but was ultimately a little disappointed. It was compelling and it read quickly but I quickly found I had little sympathy for the two main characters and could barely tolerate the rest of the cast, plus it seemed a little melodramatic at times. However, it did keep my me from getting my much needed beauty rest last night as I had to find out the fate of the two lovers.
Feb 05, 2013 rated it liked it
The Webster's Dictionary sitting by my computer (I know, how old fashioned) defines indiscretion
n. act of being indiscreet; an error of judgment. Charles Dubow's book is titled well!

Any exploration of a marriage in writing interests me. I'm always curious to see what route an author will take to explain this union of two.

To be true to its title we know from the outset that there will be a break of trust for the couple in question. This surprises us as they seem the perfect couple, theirs the
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
My onliest comment is to see both Larry Hoffer and Carol's most bigly excellent review of this title!
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, fiction
4.5 stars. Wow! "Indiscretion" was a really good read. This book really boils down to showing how one really bad, ill-advised decision can totally derail not only one life but many lives surrounding that one person. It's a universal story that has been told before but the way that Dubow does it in this book breathes new life into this story.

Almost all of the characters in this book are flawed. They aren't happy characters but this is not a happy book. This is the sort of book that makes you thin
Mark Bremmer
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: june-2016
Really liked it! Wealthy family attracts many to their parties on East Hampton, New York or Paris. Brings out the good and bad in people including expectations, wants and purported needs. Surprising twists. A chapter later in the book sets up a "rosy" ending and then states at its end that none of it is true. Gets my attention, and how!! Next chapter delves into sad realities.
Cyndi Becker
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
should be a 3.5 rating -

Well written story, and reasons for the extra 1/2 star are due to the fact that it definitely invoked emotions which is the sign of good writing, no great writing.

*** possible spoilers****

The twisted/multiple ending set up was the rare thing that set this a apart from other stories about infidelity - and telling it using Walter voice made it unique - I was hugely disappointed in the true epilogue as I just wanted a happy ending - I really Needed that, and I should have kn
Jul 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ccpca_book_group
I could have given this novel two or even three stars in terms of readability, but my main reaction (given how difficult it is to have a novel picked up by a major publisher) is that the author must have been incredibly well connected (which does seem to be the case) to publish a novel this mundane and with such poorly delineated characters. It's not giving anything away to say that this book revolves around a triangle between prize-winning novelist, Harry Winslow, his gorgeous "earth-motherly" ...more
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Four stars despite the urge to throw this book down on several occasions.

So, there's really nothing new (or realistic) here...everyone is beautiful, rich, successful, smart, and just plain old dandy while living the Manhattan dream (summerhouse in the Hamptons required)...think John F. Kennedy and Carolyn Bessette (actually a better comparison might be Edward and Bella from Twilight)...then throw in a mid-life crisis and the flirtatious, stunning, though considerably younger and immature tagalon
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: general-fiction
WOW!! this was a total surprise! I was fortunate to get an ARC of this book, and even reading the back cover, didn't really tell me that much about the story, so I went in with no expectations but finished the book, with that SAD, MAD, LOST feeling, that I DIDN'T WANT IT TO END!!! I became so attached to the characters that I was kind of "Lost" when I turned the last page and was desperate to talk to SOMEONE! about it! haha I LOVE that feeling!! So I give this 5 STARS!
There is a comparison to J
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
This is what reading is all about for me -- an absorbing story, beautifully written, with characters that seem so real I know I will miss them when I am done.
Dubow has taken what should be an ordinary, time worn story -- a man's adulterous affair -- and turned it into something riveting. The device he employs of having the narrator recount the story by looking back on events only adds to the tension. I am in awe of this author's ability to capture so authentically the shifting feelings of the pl
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a beautifully written story of a tale that has been told many times before, but it is handled in a lovely, evocative manner. I took this book off a library shelf without knowing anything about it, and I got lucky. I really could not put it down, and I was quite moved. Harry and Madeleine Winslow are a golden couple, he a handsome and a literary success, she, an intelligent beauty. They have one son and are devoted to each other and are a real love match. They are priveleged, and love to ...more
Oct 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-books
Received this as a free ARE from and posted a similar review under their First Impressions section. This is a well-written debut novel about a National Book Award winning author and his almost perfect life. Although the book has a narrator similar to The Great Gatsby, I found the books to be different, as F.Scott Fitzgerald's characters were not given to as much introspection as these characters. Set in current NYC and its environs, the author seems to capture and portray the live ...more
Jenny Jo Weir
I HATE this amazingly fantastic beautifully tragic phenomenal book. I. Hate. It. This is what I get for searching for books that make me feel, it's my hamartia, I deserve what this book did to me.

I'm honest enough to admit the book is one of the best I have ever read, yet petulant enough to never recommend it. I cant understand why this author would use his incredible talent to create such a magnificent hauntingly tragically beautiful story. WHY? I'm so disturbed and changed by it, almost to the
Bonnie Brody
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Indiscretion is one of the top ten books that I've read this year. It is a wonderful love story, a tale of betrayal and deceit, as well as a literary page-turner of the first order.

Told from the vantage point of Walter, the narrator of the novel, this is about Maddie and Harry, a married couple that met when students at Yale. They have been married for twenty years when the story opens. They have a son, Johnny, with heart problems. Walter has known Maddie all his life and has pined for her unreq
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
An extremely well-told tale on the most banal of themes acted out by utterly predictable characters. I hated myself for liking it as much as I did: the author writes well and keeps us spellbound. Beautiful couple (handsome Henry and gorgeous Maddie) with beautiful life (NYC apartment; Hamptons summer home; expensive educations; privileged upbringings; one an award-winning novelist and the other a gourmet cook) have their perfect life (perfect, except for son Johnny born with a weak heart -- but ...more
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The 411 by Maria:

WOW people this is a must read and no one is telling me to tell you that. I was thoroughly pleased that I had this book in my To Be Read Pile.

I loved Indiscretion from the first paragraph. Beautifully detailed descriptions always get me and Charles Dubow knows how to paint a picture.

The story is narrative form by a third party of the book. Walter, is the third wheel to his best friends Harry and Maddy Winslow and godfather to their son.

Walter, Harry and Maddy are wonderful party
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The story is told from the perspective of the life long friend of the wronged spouse. A successful lawyer and friend of both the husband Harry and his wife Madeline, he can tell the story of each participant in the love triangle from personal knowledge of their strengths and weaknesses. Walter, the narrator, and Maddy grew up on adjacent properties in the Hamptons, both children of wealthy and privileged families. Maddy and Walter went to Yale, where Maddy and Harry, a popular athlete met and ev ...more
Paul Lunger
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Charles Dubow's debut novel "Indiscretion" is a romance novel/tragedy that will tug at your heart strings & make you wonder about the choices we make in our relationships. It's the story of Harry & Madeline Winslow a happily married couple of 20 years who throw a party on summer in East Hampton, NY. It's there that there that Claire meets Harry & is instantly attracted to him. What begins as a simple dalliance turns into a full fledged affair which then tears the Winslows apart. Also involved is ...more
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. What excellent writing! The author's use of a narrator was well done. It felt like you were getting such a good look at the characters and what it was like being a part of their circle of friends. Like what happened to them happened to you. The author made you experience so many different emotions. I couldn't put it down. I can't say any more without giving anything away. LOVED this book!!
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I typically can not stand books that deal with the subject of infidelity - mostly because it is often either justified or dismissed as acceptable and part of life. But this book was almost solely about infidelity, but I loved the book. It showed the brevity of the choice to cheat and the way it can tear lives apart. It was well written and very engaging. It's not something I would widely recommend because of the subject matter, but it really was a great read.
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Charles Dubow was born in New York City and lived on the Upper East Side for the first thirteen years of his life. As a child, he attended the Collegiate School, a private boy’s school on the Upper West Side. Weekends and summers were spent in his family house on Georgica Pond in East Hampton, Long Island, which served as the inspiration for Indiscretion.

After boarding school, he went to Wesleyan

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