An Extraordinary Stylist
I ordered this book because I had repeatedly stumbled on mentions of the author. He seemed to be a critic and author's author.
He is certainly good. His prose is more like poetry than that being written by anyone else I know of, and I don't mean "pretty" when I say like poetry. He does a lot of violence to the customary sentence syntax to create a prose impressionism.
This is a story of the joys, dissolution, and afterlife of a mid-20th century marriage between sophisticated, sympathetic adults with children, people who want more out of life than they get.
I think anyone who cares about the development of the novel in the 20th century will have to read this book, but for me it was pure joy.