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Complicated Arrangements: Five Intimate Novels About Marriage

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Off the Shelf asked author Scott O’Connor to create a book list for us, and he chose to showcase that most complicated of unions, marriage. These five books exploring the institution range from funny to outrageous, grief-stricken to restless. Perhaps you’ll catch a glimpse of your own bond with your better half.


Birds of America
by Lorrie Moore

Moore’s takes on marriage in her famous collection are sharp, funny, and full of the kinds of revealed truths that leave you shaking your head with surprise and recognition. -Scott O'Connor

Birds of America
Lorrie Moore

Moore’s takes on marriage in her famous collection are sharp, funny, and full of the kinds of revealed truths that leave you shaking your head with surprise and recognition. -Scott O'Connor

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Complicated Arrangements: Five Intimate Novels About Marriage

By Off the Shelf Staff | August 5, 2014

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Pacazo
by Roy Kesey

Kesey’s beautifully rendered novel of grief, a marriage cleaved in half, and what remains. -Scott O'Connor

Pacazo
Roy Kesey

Kesey’s beautifully rendered novel of grief, a marriage cleaved in half, and what remains. -Scott O'Connor

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Complicated Arrangements: Five Intimate Novels About Marriage

By Off the Shelf Staff | August 5, 2014

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Music for Torching
by A. M. Homes

Outrageous and yet perfectly relatable. A family and their desperate, reckless attempts to escape their suffocatingly ordinary lives. -Scott O'Connor

Music for Torching
A. M. Homes

Outrageous and yet perfectly relatable. A family and their desperate, reckless attempts to escape their suffocatingly ordinary lives. -Scott O'Connor

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Complicated Arrangements: Five Intimate Novels About Marriage

By Off the Shelf Staff | August 5, 2014

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NW
by Zadie Smith

Smith’s marriages are complex and candid, full of fear and humor and hope, bad decisions and moments of defining grace. -Scott O'Connor

NW
Zadie Smith

Smith’s marriages are complex and candid, full of fear and humor and hope, bad decisions and moments of defining grace. -Scott O'Connor

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Complicated Arrangements: Five Intimate Novels About Marriage

By Off the Shelf Staff | August 5, 2014

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A Single Man
by Christopher Isherwood

Delicately wrenching, mourning and memory, the story of a spouse, newly alone, and the uncertain life now before him. - Scott O'Connor

A Single Man
Christopher Isherwood

Delicately wrenching, mourning and memory, the story of a spouse, newly alone, and the uncertain life now before him. - Scott O'Connor

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