A Fortunate Madness

A Fortunate Madness

A Novel

Susan Richards Shreve


When Susanna first meets Peter she is an attractive student who is still somewhat uncomfortable at fraternity parties. She is a fledgling writer – who perhaps has wandered in from a J.D. Salinger novel – too shy to know precisely how to use her wit and sensibility. Before she can find time and occasion to develop into her own woman, she marries Peter, conceives a child, and struggles to endure the genteel struggles that befall the wives of graduate instructors. It is a life she is ill-prepared to handle and ill-disposed to accept.

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