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"Every story has a narrator. Someone who writes it down after it's all over. Why am I the narrator of this story? I am because it is the story of my life--and of the people I love most. . . ."

Harry and Madeleine Winslow have been blessed with talent, money, and charm. Harry is a National Book Award-winning author on the cusp of greatness. Madeleine is a woman of sublime beauty and grace whose elemental goodness and serenity belie a privileged upbringing. Bonded by deep devotion, they share a love that is both envied and admired. The Winslows play host to a coterie of close friends and acolytes eager to bask in their golden radiance, whether they are in their bucolic East Hampton cottage, abroad in Rome thanks to Harry's writing grant, or in their comfortable Manhattan brownstone.

One weekend at the start of the summer season, Harry and Maddy, who are in their early forties, meet Claire and cannot help but be enchanted by her winsome youth, quiet intelligence, and disarming naivete. Drawn by the Winslows' inscrutable magnetism, Claire eagerly falls into their welcoming orbit. But over the course of the summer, her reverence transforms into a dangerous desire. By Labor Day, it is no longer enough to remain one of their hangers-on.

A story of love, lust, deception, and betrayal as seen through the omniscient eyes of Maddy's childhood friend Walter, a narrator akin to Nick Carraway in The Great Gatsby, Indiscretion is a juicy, richly textured novel filled with fascinating, true-to-life characters--an irresistibly sensual page-turner that explores having it all and the consequences of wanting more.

Indiscretion also marks the debut of a remarkably gifted writer and storyteller whose unique voice bears all the hallmarks of an exciting new literary talent.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062201058
Branch Call Number: DUB
Characteristics: 388 p. ;,24 cm


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Oct 08, 2017

This was a very good book. The descriptions of different foods and places were very vivid. Great depiction of life for friends and loved ones. The ending was touching.

Nov 24, 2016

I thought this was an excellent book. The more I read, the more I couldn't put it down, and I liked how it was written as a flashback from the POV of one of the main character's best friends. All this is especially impressive since it was Dubow's first book. If he writes another one, I'll definitely read it.

Jul 14, 2013

More of a cautionary tale than a story about a group of people. I thought the characters were truly horrible people & didn't care for them at all. However, I could not put the book down & was eager to know how the story ended - a huge credit to the adept storytelling of author Dubow.

May 14, 2013

Well, this book was alright. The story focuses around the Winslow family, but awkwardly the story is narrated by a family friend Walter. This seems very far-fetched at times, as the details he provides would be impossible to know. I think the story could have been much better served by having different characters narrate different sections. That being said, I did really enjoy the first section of the book. The way the author writes makes you feel like you are in the Hamptons and makes you want to be part of the summer fun. The book is a bit too smutty in the middle for my liking. And the ending is pretty poor too, obvious and not what is desired by the reader. I would encourage you to read the first section, as you would read a short story - but leave the rest behind.

ILoveStorytime Apr 22, 2013

Interesting book.

hgeng63 Mar 20, 2013

I found this novel & its characters curiously uninvolving, despite having myself grown up in the Hamptons. I knew right away what happened to Harry & his son.

ChristchurchLib Mar 18, 2013

The sophisticated, charming, talented Winslows - Harry and Madeleine - are a loving, much-loved couple generous with each other and with their friends. The introduction of beautiful 26-year-old Claire to their circle proves dangerous, however, as attraction turns to desire, and from there into Harry's betrayal of his wife. Told from the point of view of long-time friend Walter, this complex debut offers more than just a tale of adultery - rather, the natures of the four main characters unfold only gradually, adding an air of mystery to the slow-boil plot, which offers up some surprising twists (along with - fair warning - a few scenes of explicit sex).

Fiction A to Z newsletter March 2013.

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