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Equal Affections | [David Leavitt]

Equal Affections

An elaboration of some of David Leavitt's early stories, Equal Affections - his second novel - is about the family of a woman, Louise Cooper, who is dying of cancer. The family has other problems: Nat, Louise's husband, is having an affair; her daughter April, a lesbian with a thriving career as a singer, finds herself pregnant; and her son, Danny, also gay, is worried about his lover's commitment to him.
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An elaboration of some of David Leavitt's early stories, Equal Affections - his second novel - is about the family of a woman, Louise Cooper, who is dying of cancer. The family has other problems: Nat, Louise's husband, is having an affair; her daughter April, a lesbian with a thriving career as a singer, finds herself pregnant; and her son, Danny, also gay, is worried about his lover's commitment to him. Leavitt's novel is a rich delineation of family life in all its complexity at the end of the 20th-century.

This production is part of our Audible Modern Vanguard line, a collection of important works from groundbreaking authors.

©1989 David Leavitt; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Leavitt is able to demonstrate his . . . talent for empathy, his ability to write persuasively about highly emotional issues." (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times)

"In understated, perfectly targeted prose, Leavitt illuminates the ordinariness of his characters, giving them and their sorrows and joys a long-lasting afterglow." (Publisher’s Weekly)

“A compassionate, moving work.” (Library Journal)

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    Phillip Lilyfield, Australia 05-17-11
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    "Touching and poignant"

    This novel follows the four members of the Cooper family through the mother's illness. The narrator is very good, and really adds to the experience giving each character a unique voice. This is helped by Leavitt's perfectly targeted style and each character is so perfectly realised that you feel like you could recognise them. The book leaves a long-lasting afterglow. Highly recommended, along with all of Leavitt's other work.

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