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A Window Across the River

3.3  ·  Rating details ·  491 Ratings  ·  75 Reviews
Isaac and Nora haven't seen each other in five years, yet when Nora phones Isaac late one night, he knows who it is before she's spoken a word. Isaac, a photographer, is relinquishing his artistic career, while Nora, a writer, is seeking to rededicate herself to hers.

Fueled by their rediscovered love, Nora is soon on fire with the best work she's ever done, until she real
Paperback, 300 pages
Published September 7th 2004 by Mariner Books (first published 2003)
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I have difficulty reviewing and rating this book. It's actually one I might not have finished had it not been for the CR discussion. There's nothing difficult. It's certainly accessible. But the characters. Isaac... I can believe him as a character. Nora is a moral argument masquerading as a character in search of relationships. I didn't like her, didn't believe in her, and ultimately didn't want to read about her anymore. I really wished Isaac had fallen for someone else, but such is life.
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-this-year
I enjoyed every page of this character driven novel. Two artists- a writer and photographer- struggle with their creative identities while trying to rekindle their past love affair. Insights into what artists must sacrifice to serve their creative demons as well as care for those they love. Highly recommend to all writers.
Jan 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
a quiet little book, very well written, about 2 people who find each other again after breaking apart 5 years earlier. an intelligent book about intelligent, interesting young people in nyc, post 9/11. I finished this book now (writing this a few days since 1st 2 sentences. It was beautifully written, and I loved the strong character development, loving the characters despite their flaws, BUT, I hated the last sentence, as it left me hanging. I hate books that don't let the reader know how the s ...more
Oct 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: library_books, nyc
I had liked the movie of Morton's Starting Out In the Evening, so when the Constant Reader gang put this one on a discussion list, I decided to go for it. Did I enjoy it? Not exactly, no. Did I regret the time spent reading it? No, it's a well written book. Indeed, the plotting is its main strength, switching effectively between the two main characters, without a lot of re-hashing events. While I wasn't thrilled with Billie, Nora's aunt, as a person, the arc of her story did work to propel the s ...more
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Issac and Nora love for each other has transcended over years, and have never lost it`s passion. After years of contemplating about whether one thinks of each other, Nora first makes the first step when she calls Isaac. Issac recognizes her silence without her saying a word, and the two decided to meet up and rebuild what was broken. Although Nora is in a relationship, she never stop loving Isaac and she struggles to break things off with her current mate. As a photographer, Isaac captures pictu ...more
Patricia Tyburczy-bettis
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I often choose character driven novels, and so that is what was appealing to me about this story. Also, it isn't necessary for me to like the characters in order to remain interested in what is happening with them. To my mind, this is a story about obession, and how following that, whether it is a physical and emotional attachment for another, or the drive to manifest one's creative core, can either save or destroy you. It is about the consequences of choice, and ultimately what we learn about o ...more
Nov 16, 2008 rated it liked it
This book was not very good, but I liked it. I hate when that happens.
Erin Chandler
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I hate rating books. I struggled with rating this one, 'liked it?' or 'really liked it?' The truth is I really liked it. While Brian Morton is not among my favorite writers and his occasional, out of the blue and over the top description of some inanimate object was slightly irritating… I could not wait to get back to this book. Norah and Isaac I got and he nailed them circumstance after circumstance. He presented their weaknesses and strengths in the most casual way as they struggled with the r ...more
Cecelia Hightower
(2003, pp. 289) I am not sure where I picked up or received this book, but I found it interesting and easy to read. Brian Morton's development of characters was done very well I thought. It is a love story with a different presentation, in that the female is an author, who is creative when she is writing about those that she knows personally and she presents many negative points. It is hard to hold onto friends and family and lovers, when the writing is shared. Her love interest is a photographe ...more
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love this author's work. This is my favorite of the three novels I've read so far. Interestingly, several of my friends did NOT like the one Brian Morton novel I recommended they read (Florence Gordon). I suspect some readers can't see past the negative aspects of characterization and conclude that these novels are like so much of the typical cynical nasty contemporary fiction out there. But I see just the opposite--fully rounded characters, warts and all, worthy of compassion despite their flaw ...more
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BRIAN MORTON is the author of four previous novels, including Starting Out in the Evening, which was a Salon favorite book of the year and was made into an acclaimed feature film, and A Window Across the River, which was a Book Club selection on the Today show. He is the dir
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