The Mirror in the Well

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A woman's sexual awakening is a tragedy when the woman is married to someone other than the man who awakens her. But until then, her marriage, now doomed, was a sleepwalker's tragedy. This novel will shock and offend some readers. Unapologetically explicit in its language, extreme in some of the acts it catalogues, it makes no pretense of submission to middle-class decency, let alone to expectations of happy endings. All three people in this love triangle are flawed, damaged, human. Things fall apart, and the resolution is unclear. Why does she do it? Why should we read it? The answer is one word: Ecstasy. Micheline Aharonian Marcom has a genius for language that is not only beautiful in and of itself, but also engages the heart. Lusher than Marguerite Duras, more tender and erotic than Cormac McCarthy, but nearly as dark, this is a narrative masterpiece.

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$12.95  $11.91
Dalkey Archive Press
Publish Date
September 01, 2008
5.52 X 0.13 X 8.24 inches | 0.44 pounds
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About the Author

Micheline Aharonian Marcom was born in 1968 in Saudi Arabia to American parents. She grew up in Los Angeles, CA. She currently lives in northern California and teaches creative writing at Mills College.


"Marcom's prose is nothing short of gorgeous."
"Marcom's language is always fervent, whether gorgeous or foul."
"Her writing is mellifluous, so poetically inflected at times as to lull the reader into a trance."
"The fierce beauty of her prose both confronts readers with many breathtaking cruelties and carries us past them." -- Margot Livesey

'an unrestrained exploration of the intersection of emotion and physical desires' -Publishers Weekly