Another You by Ann Beattie

By Ann Beattie

To her newest novel, Beattie brings a similar documentary accuracy and Chekhovian wit and tenderness that experience made her probably the most acclaimed portraitists of up to date American lifestyles. Marshall Lockard, a professor on the neighborhood collage, is considering adultery, unaware that his spouse is already committing it.

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I just want to be happy. " I nodded thoughtfully. " She laughed. "It won't last. Nothing lasts. " "Happy," I muttered, trying to pin the word down. But it is one of those words, like Love, that I have never quite understood. Most people who deal in words don't have much faith in them and I am no exception -- especially the big ones like Happy and Love and Honest and Strong. They are too elusive and far too relative when you compare them to sharp, mean little words like Punk and Cheap and Phony.

On the way down the hill we walked three abreast in the cobblestone street, drunk and laughing and talking like men who knew they would separate at dawn and travel to the far corners of the earth. Six Needless to say, Sala didn't quit and neither did I. The atmosphere at the paper was more tense than ever. On Wednesday, Lotterman got a summons from the Department of Labor, ordering him to a hearing on the question of Yeamon's severance pay. He cursed about it all afternoon, saying it would be a cold day in hell before he'd give that nut a dime.

Why do you keep going down there? " She smiled and sat down on the towel. "It's my favorite place. " Yeamon turned to me. " "Not always," Chenault said quickly. " Yeamon leaned forward and shouted at her. "Well goddamn you! Don't go down there anymore! From now on you stay up here if you want to lie around naked! " He shook his head with disgust. " She stared down at the concrete. I felt sorry for her and stood up to make her a drink. When I handed it to her she looked up gratefully and took a long swallow.

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