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The former literary editor of Playboy makes her fiction debut with an intimate portrayal of the walls erected by a woman after her husband's death, and how impulsive encounters with others break them down. Widowed five years earlier, Celia Cassill now clings to her isolation, allowing herself happiness only in memories of her marriage—books read, movies watched, bodies shared. She chose the tenants in her Brooklyn brownstone for their discretion and respect for separateness. When one of them moves to France, she reluctantly allows him to sublet his apartment to Hope, a beautiful, newly divorced, middle-aged woman recovering from her husband's infidelity. Not long after Hope moves in, another of Celia's tenants—a retired ferryboat captain—disappears, and his daughter holds Celia responsible. That messiness, as well as Hope's spinning-out-of-control life, prove intolerable to Celia, who wanders the city in search of her missing tenant, listening in on the tawdry goings-on in Hope's apartment, and recounting some of her actions during and after the death of her husband. Celia witnesses and participates in small acts of violence and sexual exploration, and her past and Hope's present force down Celia's walls. Lloyd's character study is narrow in scope but long on intensity and emotion. Agent: Warren Frazier, John Hawkins and Associates. (Sept.)
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review by . August 27, 2013
Terrific First Novel and I Will Be Looking For More
From the opening sentence of THE AFFAIRS OF OTHERS, the reader plunges into the life of Celia Cassill, a young widow who owns a building in Brooklyn and is a landlord with three other apartments besides her own place. We walk with Celia through her experiences with these tenants and learn about their lives and how they embrace the challenges of life.      I loved the craft of the storytelling and the rich characterization in these pages. The eloquent writing held my attention …
The Affairs of Others: A Novel by Amy Grace Loyd
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