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Scenes from a marriage

Kathy Page’s latest novel finds the extraordinary within its portrait of ordinary lives

FICTION

Billie Woods

Dear Evelyn

Kathy Page

Biblioasis

KATHY PAGE’S latest novel is a portrait of a marriage. In this respect, and in its linking of personal and historical events across the 20th century, Dear Evelyn is familiar, even conventional, both formally and conceptually. But Page’s finely wrought story – by turns tender, acid, and poignant – reminds us that marriage is a condition as infinitely variable as the individuals who enter into it, and that the kind of fiction some consider old-fashioned can be both beautiful and valuable for its sympathetic insight into ordinary lives.

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