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The Affairs of Others (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Amy Grace Loyd

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In the five years since her young husband's death, Celia Cassill has retreated from view. She has moved from one New York neighbourhood to another, but she has not moved on. Now the owner of a small apartment building, she has chosen tenants who will not intrude upon her grief.

Everything changes when a new tenant moves in upstairs. Intoxicating and dangerous, Hope is on the run from a failed marriage and in thrall to a seductive, sinister man. As her noisy affair destroys the building's quiet, and another tenant disappears, Celia is forced back into contact with life through violence, sex and the secrets barely concealed within the brownstone's walls.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Editeur : Weidenfeld & Nicolson (29 août 2013)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "Life could be benevolent. I'd forgotten." 27 août 2013
Par Luan Gaines - Publié sur
Shameless. Brave. Unflinching. Brutally honest and slyly observant of the roles we play on the stage of life. Post-9/11 New York still in the grip of color-coded terrorist alerts, widowed Celia Cassill has wrapped herself in the sturdy embrace of an apartment building, landlady to George, a gay man; the Braunsteins, a married couple; and Mr. Coughlan, a retired ferry captain. George has asked to sublet his apartment for a short time to write in Europe, though Celia has purposefully constructed her rental agreements to specify no sublets. The burden of sorrow she carries since her husband's losing battle with cancer obscured by the necessary accoutrements of apartment management, Celia feels security slipping away as she agrees (just this once) to allow Hope to move in, unable to resist the lush personage of the new tenant, who is in search of temporary respite after a divorce.

Whatever a younger Celia might have imagined for herself, it never included the agonizing loss of a beloved spouse, loneliness in her late thirties or the weighty grief that seems to have settled in her bones. Soon the wonder that is Hope settles into George's tastefully appointed apartment, scattering her flowery scent, emotions and creature comforts everywhere, danger sliding through the cracks along with a bevy of sophisticated friends and well-wishers. And Celia is drawn into a drama both enriching and terrifying, her carefully-constructed interior breached, life demanding a return to the living.

Loyd leaves no stone unturned, nor is anything sacred in the exploration of Celia's world without her man, her coping skills, ritualized reapportioning of daily activities, need for control. Her tenants become less abstract, taking shape in a manner she hasn't anticipated, her life laid bare, instincts intact enough to understand that "we were necessary distractions. A jigsaw she was arranging like a hobbyist." Visceral, sometimes violent, literary and utterly without artifice, Loyd explores the wild terrain of love and desire, littered with sorrow, renewal and the endurance of the human spirit: "You could love what you could not foresee, that we are all shape-shifting whether we want to or not." Luan Gaines/2013.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This woman can write! 30 septembre 2013
Par J Harveld - Publié sur
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If you want the sugar-coated stuff, go elsewhere. If you want pure entertainment, made for TV stuff, go elsewhere. But if you want beautiful writing -- some long sentences, some short, but every one of them startling and creating an undertow of desire, longing, and urgency -- this is the book for you. If you want to learn about life, how we get through it, the dark stuff, how we lose and how we gain, this is the book for you. If you want to see a woman kick a man's ass, this is the book for you. If you like a sexy scene or two, this is the book for you. If you want it all tied up neatly, go elsewhere, but if you want the sort of evolution and ending that shows how surprising life can be even when we humans sorely wish it weren't, the sort of ending that shows even the loneliest and most defiant among us can locate a sense of home, can live on, give in to our warts and all, then pick this up and read it. It's a meal of a book. Several courses. Hang in and you'll be glad you did. Promise.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Evocatively written study of city lives shared 20 septembre 2013
Par Anonymous - Publié sur
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I don't read a lot of literary fiction. I prefer films, particularly those in the Hitchcock tradition of suspenseful and atmospheric studies of well-crafted characters. But I'd heard about The Affairs of Others from a friend in Brooklyn, where I've lived, as an imaginative work set in the borough and about the often intense interactions that occur between urban-dwelling neighbors. The book was a revelation. Yes, it features Brooklyn (specifically, Brooklyn Heights) as a vital, almost living and breathing character. And yes, there is suspense, both about a missing ferry captain and, more profoundly, about how the novel's protagonist, Celia, will emerge from a series of unexpected and extraordinary events involving tenants in her building. In fact, there's a powerful 'Rear Window'-quality to the book that extends the Hitchcockian insight about voyeurism in the close quarters of cities beyond the sights of others to their sounds, smells and palpable feelings.

That's quite an achievement in itself. Yet it also makes Loyd's book sound too much like a clinical authorial exercise. What was ultimately most remarkable for me about the novel is its frequently lush and always evocative writing. I was surprised at my pausing over and re-reading certain passages, even lines or turns of phrase, that not only resonated perfectly in their situational context in the story but conveyed a wider truth. That pausing, moreover, made me realize how much I was enjoying the pacing of the book: it slowed me down, allowed me to linger over a scene or some dialogue in ways I don't usually, either in reading or moviegoing. To me, that enabling of fresh ways of experiencing a character, a place or even time is a gift (unfortunately, too rarely given) that outstanding fiction offers to patient reading. Reading The Affairs of Others provided an unexpectedly rich bounty for me and I look forward to re-reading it.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Young Widow, Wrapped in Grief, Must Interact with Her Tenants 5 septembre 2013
Par Rhiannon - Publié sur
It is difficult not to compare Amy Grace Lloyd's The Affairs of Others to Joan Didion's Year of Magical Thinking. The main character, Celia, possesses a raw grief for her husband. Remembering small details and constantly wrapping herself in the past. Just as Didion wove poetry into her memoir, Lloyd gives Celia's thoughts poetic slants. Her realization of distance and street names in a particular scene when she is walking between Atlantic and Pacific streets perfectly encompasses how one can suddenly look at something they have seen many times before, and now look at from a new perspective.
Celia doesn't want to move on. She wants to live on her memories and dismisses anyone wedging their way into her microscopic life. She can't stand that life and time move forward and exerts her control on the only thing she can: her apartments. She wants quiet tenants who keep to themselves. But when a subletter begins a loud affair, an elderly tenant goes missing and a couple's marriage shows signs of strains, Celia is forced to acknowledge the progression of time and other relationships occuring around her everyday. Although she is stubborn and numbs her pain, she is not weak. She is both resents and is protective of her tenants.
The Affairs of Others is a deeply moving novel focusing on the minutiae of grief, the desire to hold onto the past as the clock ticks, inevitably, forward.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Review of The Affairs of Others 28 août 2013
Par Patrice Hoffman - Publié sur
The Affairs of Others by Amy Grace Loyd is the debut, literary fiction novel about a woman who loves her seperateness. After Celia's husband dies prematurely from cancer, she buys an apartment building consisting of four apartments. She becomes the landlord to three other tenants in a downtown Brooklyn building. Celia is highly practiced at remaining apart from the people in her building until Hope arrives.

Hope is an unwanted subletter who Celia sees as a threat to her being able to remain alone and without the usual intimacies that come with living in such close proximity to other people. Celia would rather wallow in her grief although it has been five years since her husbands death. After many failed attempts at living a full life again, she eventually embarks on a journey towards redemption and hope.

The Affairs of Others is exceptionally well-written. My ARC has many highlighted passages that show a keen awareness in Loyd's writing and has made lasting impressions on me. I love the mentioning of women say sorry too often even when it is not their's to say. Mostly Celia is reflective which is a good thing, but a bad thing as well.

Celia's need to make sense of everything ways heavy on the reader especially when it seems she's so maudlin most of the time. I wanted to strangle the life into her and insist she enjoy the world and all it's offerings for the sake of her husband. Since she credits her separateness to his death, it's easy to want to challenge her to live fully because he's unable to. Celia is a character that has mostly no direction and takes some weird steps on her journey of letting go.

Essentially, Amy Grace Loyd has written a novel worth reading. The Affairs of Others is not for everyone but I encourage lover's of literary fiction or women's lit to give it a go. There are beautiful passages galore. I only wish I could have warmed up to Celia more. Then again that would be in direct violation of remaining separate.
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