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A Regular Couple (From The Atlantic Archives) [Kindle Edition]

Curtis Sittenfeld
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Book Description

Available exclusively for Kindle, Curtis Sittenfeld's A Regular Couple follows Maggie, a star lawyer who while on her honeymoon encounters her one-time nemesis, Ashley, the faded queen bee of her high school. Discovering that the erstwhile prom queen is married to a bore, Maggie might have felt pity for Ashley. But old resentments surge, and she can't quell the questions that rage within her. Could her wonderful new husband really love her, plain as she is despite her star-lawyer status? Or is he only with her for her money? Is she still that same gullible high-school girl? Shouldn't Maggie be married to the bore, and doesn't her new husband belong with Ashley?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 103 KB
  • Print Length: 29 pages
  • Publisher: The Atlantic (4 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,194 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Curtis Sittenfeld is the author of the bestselling novels Prep and The Man of My Dreams. She is a graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Short story 14 Oct. 2013
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It wasnt clear this was a short story. However, being a fan of Sittenfeld it hit the mark. Just would have liked to have read more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent writing - but I wanted more! 19 Feb. 2015
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First the positives - as usual Curtis Sittenfeld's writing doesn't disappoint in this tale which describes the encounter between two couples - a successful lawyer, on vacation with her handsome new husband, is reminded of her past insecurity when she meets her arch nemesis the former school beauty and her unexpectedly average husband. Don't go into this story expecting the standard romantic novel reassurances - what happens during the course of this short story challenges our perceptions of both women and the compromises they make in their relationships.

Now the negative -I already described it as short. Doesn't feel much longer than a kindle sample and ends just as you are really getting into it. Buy by all means but prepare to be underwhelmed by what you get in terms of quantity if not quality ...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quick little read 17 Oct. 2013
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I came to this after reading 'Prep' - which I loved - and this isn't entirely unsimilar in that it's a tale of people and their internal worlds as opposed to great 'events'. I really enjoy Sittenfeld's writing, characterisations and observations of human behaviour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful short story 4 Jan. 2010
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What Curtis Sittenfeld writes, I want to read. I feel like she's writing for me, almost; like she gets inside my head. When the Atlantic announced that it was premiering a new short story by Sittenfeld in January '10, I couldn't wait to read it, and this story did not disappoint. I don't recall seeing any other short fiction by Sittenfeld anywhere else, but if she happens to have amassed a few, I would love to read a collection. If you haven't read any of Sittenfeld's other work, try "American Wife" (one of my favorite books of the past decade), or "Prep" - both novels.

Just a word about the listing: Whomever posts these short fiction listings for the Atlantic should probably put the words "(short story)" in parentheses after each title. It seems that the bulk of the low ratings given to the Atlantic offerings (Shovel Kings, Cynara, A Regular Couple, etc.) are for the listings not being entirely clear that these are short stories, not whole books, being offered at $3.99 (i.e., for the perceived low "value" of the offering in terms of money), rather than because of the content or style of the writing itself.

Another word about the price of these short stories (and this has nothing to do with Ms. Sittenfeld's fine story, but I need to say it somewhere): I think $3.99 is too much for each of these Atlantic stories. I think they should be priced like songs are, at $0.99 a pop. I realize I may be wrong about this. However, I also know that I don't think I can continue to buy 2 stories each month at that price as it would add up to almost $100 per year. I will have to be more selective about which Atlantic Fiction offerings I choose in the future.
3.0 out of 5 stars Drama in the everyday 5 Jan. 2011
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Our expectations of ourselves in the present is inextricably linked to the experiences which shaped us in the past. Curtis Sittenfeld illustrates that particular kind of American machismo - silent, direct, self-assured and arrogant - and the feminine desire to be all things to all people while making her characters bloody as opposed to straw men. The simultaneous boosting and smothering effect of ego is at the heart of the conflict between the newlyweds.

As for the pricing point, it is "expensive". I can buy 4 indies for the same amount - but do I want to? As a lover of new short stories, who does not love shelling out for imported periodicals for upwards of $20, the price is one I will (and do) pay.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish this were a complete novel 30 Sept. 2013
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I love everything Curtis Sittenfeld writes and wish that this were actually a complete novel instead of a short story. Definitely read it though - especially if you're just looking for something that you can read in half an hour.
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost like watching a play 1 Aug. 2013
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a short insight into american life.rather like watching a play.intimate and engrossing as all curtis sittenfield books.loved it and will recommend
4.0 out of 5 stars More like this please! 24 May 2012
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This is the kind of thing I want more of for my kindle, ie, good quality literary short fiction. I had read Curtis Sittenfeld's longer novel Prep last year and really enjoyed it which is what prompted me to purchase this kindle single when I saw it. Really well done, I thought. Definitely not a heart warming romantic story but clever and incisive and had shades of Prep I though (ie, in terms of the protagonist being crippled by angst dating back to high school). Also liked how the ending kept you wondering, ie, not just about what happened next but about what the main character's true motivations were.
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