The great European novelists of the 19th century often took marriage as their topic. For Tolstoy, marriage was a lonely affair; for Flaubert, a tragic one. In America, it was a different case. Readers would be hard-pressed to find more than a casual reference to marriage in Melville. The 20th century, in turn, produced very few great novels of ma
Dear Diane Johnson,...more
I don't know how to start my freaking letter about your books. Generally, most of your books that I read have this one star trying to shine like hell waiting for changes. Okay, I'm not angry, sad or, of course, happy of your works. They are very fragile in a sense that they have good covers, simple but very doddling elegant for me. Unfortunately, inside, it was the worst experience I ever felt in my entire life. I'm trying not to be rude but your books are killing me softly,
This? Is not that. There wasn't a single interesting character, and the dialogue was written in such a way that I could barely follow the conversations. It was as if much was being communicated through meaningful looks and body language, but the author never bothered to tell us what they might ...more
Ah, yes, the conflict between the French and the Americans. By the way, Clara is also from the States.
Cultural conflict, secret crushes, cold feet, and a stolen manuscript are just part of this novel’s wackiness. The characters are interesting, and the sub ...more
I found it to be pretty boring with no real point. I wouldn't recommend spending your time on it.
Born in Moline, Illinois, Johnson's recent books include L'Affaire (2004), Le Mariage (2000), and Le Divorce (1997) for which she was a National Book Award finalist and the winner of the California Book Awards gold medal for fiction.