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True Enough (Paperback)
Dubbed by The New York Times as "the secret love child of Edith Wharton and Woody Allen," Stephen McCauley presents his fourth deftly comic, critically acclaimed novel. Jane Cody imagined she'd lead a tumultuous life, full of money, passion, and painless tragedies. Instead, she wakes up at forty with a doting second husband, a precocious son who loves to bake, and a fast-paced job as a producer for a Boston television station. What went wrong? In New York, Desmond Sullivan -- biographer of demi-celebrities such as the forgotten torch singer Pauline Anderton -- wonders how he ended up "stuck in something as pathetic" as a happy, secretly monogamous relationship with smart, sweet Russell. Jane and Desmond meet in Boston and join forces to create a series of TV documentaries on America's cultural mediocrities. But their search for the truth about the elusive Anderton takes them on a journey of self-discovery in which they learn more 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.