An “auto-biography” of a marriage from the highly acclaimed author who deftly navigates the lives of one suburban couple with humor and insight
From a ’74 Mustang to a Chevy Suburban, Debra Galant’s Cars from A Marriage charts the important events—big and small—in one couple’s relationship by way of the automobiles that drive them throughout the course of their lives. Ivy is a transplanted Southern belle—the daughter of a car salesman— who continually wonders how she has ended up a New Jersey stay-at-home mom with a not-so-secret fear of driving. Her husband Ellis was a stand up comedian when they met, and the owner of that ’74 Mustang, but his ambitions were overshadowed by the responsibilities of a family. In the blink of an eye he became a PR executive with a mortgage, two kids, and a Buick LeSabre.
The cars steer us from their first meeting, to their first fight, and down the line to a family funeral. Finally, it’s on a drive along the Pacific Coast Highway that Ivy and Ellis come to some serious and illuminating realizations about their lives. With insights that alternate between hilarious and profound, Galant provides a unique, unforgettable portrait of a marriage.
Nothing we possess says more about us than our cars, and in this perceptive and winsome novel, Debra Galant uses this contemporary truism to chronicle the marriage of a New Jersey couple named Ivy and Ellis, as they negotiate the dips and speed bumps of life one automobile at a time. Beginning each chapter with a description of the car which marked a given portion of Ivy and Ellis's life, from the Ford Mustang of their first days together and on through the requisite minivans and SUVs of family life, Galant shows how these machines often do much more than simply move us from point A to point B.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Subgenre: Love + Relationships + Sex, Family + Friendship
- Format: paperback
- Release Date:
June 21, 2011
- Date Published:
June 21, 2011
Author: Debra Galant
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- Online Item #: 13456216
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-66-0505
- ISBN: 9780312584191
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