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True Enough Hardcover – 25 Jun 2001

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Printing edition (25 Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684810549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684810546
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.5 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,284,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Advocate"

If you haven't discovered Stephen McCauley yet, "True Enough" is a perfect place to start. His skill as both a writer and an observer of human nature is extraordinary.



"Esquire"

Smart and funny with understated finesse.



"USA Today"

Funny, poignant....There is a heartfelt quality to all of McCauley's work that is hard to forget.



"The New York Times"

McCauley wants nothing more than to entertain us, and if that's become an old-fashioned thing to do, it may be because few writers do it so well.



"Esquire"Smart and funny with understated finesse.

"USA Today"Funny, poignant....There is a heartfelt quality to all of McCauley's work that is hard to forget.

"The New York Times"McCauley wants nothing more than to entertain us, and if that's become an old-fashioned thing to do, it may be because few writers do it so well.

"The Advocate"If you haven't discovered Stephen McCauley yet, "True Enough" is a perfect place to start. His skill as both a writer and an observer of human nature is extraordinary.

"USA Today" Funny, poignant....There is a heartfelt quality to all of McCauley's work that is hard to forget.

"Esquire" Smart and funny with understated finesse.

"The New York Times" McCauley wants nothing more than to entertain us, and if that's become an old-fashioned thing to do, it may be because few writers do it so well.

"The Advocate" If you haven't discovered Stephen McCauley yet, "True Enough" is a perfect place to start. His skill as both a writer and an observer of human nature is extraordinary.

"Boston Herald" Delightful. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Stephen McCauley is the author of "Alternatives to Sex, True Enough, The Man of the House, The Easy Way Out, "and "The Object of My Affection. "He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Visit his website at www.stephenmccauley.com. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Hardcover
This is an enjoyable read, on the whole. It's (mostly) written from the point of its two protagonists, Desmond and Jane. Their stories are different at the start of the novel but they meet and their stories intertwine.
Woven around their combined quest to find the truth about the life of a little-known singer (for a TV documentary they're making) are their personal quests to find the truth about their own relationships. Looking for meaning in relationships is familiar ground for Stephen McCauley.
Familiar characters too: Desmond, a gay man from New York with no particularly endearing characteristics, and Jane, rather stereotypical career-woman with a husband she doesn't find attractive any more.
These rather unpromising characters are matched by an equally unpromising central plot-line. Not much to work with then.
And I think that Stephen McCauley makes fairly heavy weather of the material he has lumbered himself with. Which is a shame, considering how light and deft his previous work is.
The saving grace for Desmond and Jane, who spend the entire novel looking for a reason to tell the story of "Pauline Anderton" is that they make an a astonishing discovery. Great for them, but for the reader, it comes too late and seems like an attempt to salvage a flagging plot.
Up until then, nothing much happens that surprises or interests, and we grind through the quite unattractive lives of characters we can't care much about. The writing is inelegant too: there's too much detail about, well, everything, and none of it adds to the story. It's neither significant, nor particularly interesting. It's just padding.
There are a few quirky characters, but even the most potentially interesting one, Rosemary, is given a "hammy" B-movie part to play. Jane's child, Gerald, is perhaps the most interesting character, but again he's handled without much subtlety.
I'd say that this is McCauley's least satisfying work to date, unfortunately.
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