Please join legendary author Stephen Dixon at The Ivy Bookshop on Wednesday, September 25 at 7 p.m. for a book signing and discussion of his new book His Wife Leaves Him.
About the Book
His Wife Leaves Him is as achingly simple as its title: A man, Martin, thinks about the loss of his wife, Gwen. In Dixon’s hands, however, this straightforward premise becomes a work of such complexity that it no longer appears to be words on pages so much as life itself. Reminders of Martin’s and Gwen’s shared past, some painful, some hilarious, others blissful and sensual, appear and reappear in the present. Stories made from memories merge with dreams of an impossible future they’ll never get to share. Memories and details grow fuzzy, get corrected and then wriggle away, out of reach again. Story by story, Martin accounts for himself, good and bad, moments of grace, occasions for disappointment, promises and arguments. When asked to describe his latest work, Stephen Dixon has said that “it’s about a bunch of nouns: love, guilt, sickness, death, remorse, loss, family, matrimony, sex, children, parenting, aging, mistakes, incidents, minutiae, birth, music, writing, jobs, affairs, memory, remembering, reminiscences, forgetting, repression, dreams, reverie, nightmares, meeting, dating, conceiving, imagining, delaying, loving.”
About the Author
Stephen Dixon was born in 1936 in New York City. He graduated from the City College of New York in 1958 and is a retired faculty member of Johns Hopkins University. He is also a two time National Book Award nominee, for his novels Frog and Interstate. He still hammers out his fiction on a vintage typewriter.
Meet Stephen Brooks at The Ivy Bookshop, 6080 Falls Road, on Wednesday, September 25 at 7 p.m. For more information, visit The Ivy Bookshop website.
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