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FEBRUARY 10, 2013
Indiscretion by Charles Dubow
The Webster's Dictionary sitting by my computer (I know, how old fashioned) defines indiscretion
n. act of being indiscreet; an error of judgment. Charles Dubow's book is titled well!
Any exploration of a marriage in writing interests me. I'm always curious to see what route an author will take to explain this union of two.
To be true to its title we know from the outset that there will be a break of trust for the couple in question. This surprises us as they seem the perfect couple, theirs the perfect marriage. But lurking just a bit in the shadows is the someone that will put this marriage to the test. Walter, the narrator is just as shocked as we when indiscretion visits. Soon, Walter and the reader and even the couple themselves, need to look at the partnership under closer scrutiny and inspect the flaws. Will the foundation crumble or will a touch of love repair the fault?
On first inspection I was just engrossed enough to keep reading but there came a point where tables turned and I was hooked. I loved the way the author begins Indiscretion in Summer and begins this sultry tale with sunblock and bathing suits and the privileged Westhampton shore. Moving on through the seasons, just like those of a marriage, Dubow lays out this union for our inspection.