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True Enough (Paperback)
From the author of The Object of My Affection comes a warm and witty family drama about love and lust, trust and betrayal, commitment and denial. Jane Cody keeps lists. After all, how else would she keep track of her life--her job producing a Boston TV show; her amiable but frankly dull second husband; and her precocious six-year-old son who "doesn't do small talk" but loves to bake. And as if that weren't enough she has an acid-tongued mother-in-law living in her barn, an arthritic malamute lodger to walk, and a dangerously seductive ex-husband on the scene. In New York, Desmond Sullivan is fretting that his five-year relationship with smart, sweet Russell is too monogamous and settled. Perhaps a spell as writer-in-residence at Deerforth College will cure that, and also allow him to finish his biography of one of the 'sixties greatest forgotten mediocrities, torch singer Pauline Anderton? When Jane and Desmond meet in Boston, they embark on a TV documentary about the elusive Anderton, which is to take them on a journey of self-discovery in which they learn as much about their own secrets and lies than they ever wanted to know.
The New York Times
McCauley wants nothing more than to entertain us, and if that's become an old-fashioned thing to do, it may be because few writers do it so well.
If you haven't discovered Stephen McCauley yet, True Enough is a perfect place to start. His skill as both a writer and an observer of human nature is extraordinary.
Smart and funny with understated finesse.
Funny, poignant....There is a heartfelt quality to all of McCauley's work that is hard to forget.