The Daylight Marriage
Available now from Algonquin Books
An IndieBound "Indie Next" pick for May
Hannah was spirited, impulsive and attractive, an upper-class young woman who picked, of all men, Lovell—an introverted climate scientist, a practical young man who thought he could change the world if he could just get everyone to listen to reason. After a magical honeymoon they settled in the suburbs to raise their two children.
But over the years, Lovell and Hannah's conversations have become charged with resentments and unspoken desires. She's become withdrawn. His work affords him a convenient distraction. And then, after one explosive argument, Hannah vanishes. For the first time, Lovell is forced to examine the trajectory of his marriage through the lens of memory. As he tries to piece together what happened to his wife—and to their life together—readers follow Hannah on that single day when a hasty decision proves irrevocable.
With unforgettable intensity, balanced wit and heartbreak, and emotional acuity, The Daylight Marriage is a novel about what happens when our intuitions lead us down the wrong paths.
The Best American Short Stories 2016
Edited by Junot Díaz - Now available
"A great pleasure of my job is the rush that comes with discovery...I'm reading a new story and not checking how long it is or what time I have to pick up the kids. I'm reading and feeling and thinking, and, if I'm lucky, laughing, too. I'm not working at all. A great story has that power: it removes you from your life. It lifts you away from a while. Junot Díaz and I found much to discover this year."— Heidi Pitlor
From a Nigerian boy's friendship with his family's former houseboy to a sweatshop girl's experience as a sister wife, from love and murder on the frontier to a meltdown in the academe, these stories, for Díaz, have the economy and power to break hearts bones vanities and cages.