A Box of Darkness

A Box of Darkness

The Story of A Marriage

Book - 2011
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In the tradition of Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking, comes a poignant memoir about a marriage that was as deep and strong as it was mysterious and complex Upton and Sally Brady were a rare breed: cultivated and elegant, they lived a life of literary glamour and high expectations. Sally a debutante; Upton a classics major from Harvard, they met at the Boston Cotillion. He was articulate, witty, and worldly, and he danced like Fred Astaire. How could she resist? Despite raising four children on Upton's modest wage as the editor-in-chief of the Atlantic Monthly Press, theirs was a world of champagne, sailboats, private islands, famous writers, family rituals, and ice-cold martinis. They lived life on their terms. But as time wore on, Upton, the charming and brilliant husband, the inventive, beguiling partner, grew opinionated, cranky, controlling, and dangerous.When Upton died suddenly one evening in their Vermont cottage, Sally began uncovering secrets. As she went through his papers, she discovered that her husband of forty-six years had desired the love of other men. Her riveting, charismatic husband was not quite the man he appeared to be, and a year of mourning became for Sally a time to unravel the dark and unexpected web he had left behind. Hers is a moving and powerful story of coming to terms with what cannot be changed. It is also a storyof great love.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2011.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780312654160
Characteristics: xi, 240 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Aug 02, 2011

a wrenching account of a difficult marriage, but imbued throughout with profound love, written beautifully, and tenderly, with courage and grace

joyhuebert Apr 19, 2011

an amazing story about a real marriage, full of chaos and darkness, but also love.

Apr 08, 2011

It was disappointing to read this book about the literary crowd because it didn't seem very well written. I suspect that it would never have been published if the author hadn't been married to a figure of some public interest.

debwalker Mar 27, 2011

After her husband of 46 years died, Brady found out he was gay. A poignant tale of coming to terms.

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