Anne Quirk's life is built on stories - both the lies she was told by the man she loved and the fictions she told herself to survive. Nobody remembers Anne now, but this elderly woman was an artistic pioneer in her youth, a creator of groundbreaking documentary photographs. Her beloved grandson, Luke, now a captain with the Royal Western Fusiliers in the British army, has inherited her habit of transforming reality.
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Standing one evening at the window of her house by the sea, Anne Quirk sees a rabbit disappearing in the snow. Nobody remembers her now, but this elderly woman was in her youth a pioneer of British documentary photography. Only when her beloved grandson, Luke, returns home to Scotland does Anne's secret story begin to emerge, along with his, and they set out for an old guest house in Blackpool where she once kept a room.
In November 1960, Frank Sinatra gave Marilyn Monroe a dog. His name was Mafia Honey, or Maf for short. He had an instinct for celebrity. For politics. For psychoanalysis. For literature. For interior decoration. For Liver Treat with a side order of National Biscuits. With style, brilliance, and panache, Andrew O’Hagan has drawn an altogether original portrait of the woman behind the icon - and the dog behind the woman.
In a small Scottish parish, an English priest is stalked by the fear of scandal, class hatred, and lost ideals. Over the spring and summer of 2003, Father David becomes friends with two young people, Mark and Lisa; by the year's end, his life is the focus of public hysteria. As he looks back to his childhood, and to Oxford in the fever of student revolt, Father David begins to reconsider the central events of his life, and to see what may have happened to the political hopes of his generation.
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In this issue: "Court Politics" by Jeffrey Toobin; "Runs in the Family" by Siddhartha Mukherjee; "Imaginary Spaces" by Andrew O'Hagan; and "Mystery Trips" by Anthony Lane.