"... a lover exists only in fragments, a dozen or so if the romance is new, a thousand if we've married him, and out of those fragments our heart constructs an entire person. What we each create, since whatever is missing is filled in by our imagination, is the person we wish him to be. The less we know him, of course, the more we love him. And that's why we always remember that first rapturous night when he was a stranger, and why this rapture returns only when he is dead."
For Pearlie Cook, as for many women of the 1950s, her marriage is everything. It's how she orients herself to the world, the filter through which everything passes, her purpose and her pride. When Buzz, an old friend from her husband's past, walks into their life, he reveals secrets ...
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