Two-part Invention

Two-part Invention

The Story of A Marriage

Book - 1988
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Baker & Taylor
The author documents her marriage of more than forty years to actor Hugh Franklin, warmly recalling their times together as parents, grandparents, and partners up to the time of her husband's untimely death.

McMillan Palgrave
This moving memoir documents a marriage of more than forty years between two gifted people, a long term marriage that was: "full of wonderful things, terrible things, joyous things, grievous things, but ours."

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux, c1988.
ISBN: 9780374280208
Branch Call Number: 920 L'ENGLE, M.
Characteristics: 231 p. ; 24 cm.


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Oct 01, 2016

This is the fourth of the "Crosswicks Journal," L'Engle's memoir. I also read the second, "The Summer of the Great Grandmother," which also takes place mostly at Crosswicks, the home in CT where L'Engle and her husband, actor Hugh Franklin lived mostly in the summer. Both read well on their own, and I'm sure I'd enjoy the other two as much as the ones I've read. L'Engle's a wonderful writer, descriptive and deceptively casual. This one focuses on their loving 40 year marriage. The title refers to how they were able to create that marriage in spite of long spells of time apart. He went on acting tours and she stayed home with their children. Then she went on writing tours when those children were grown. Both were generously giving people, both to each other, and to others. Highly recommended. It's not the least bit dated.


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