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Now available in paperback, Joshua Henkin's novel Matrimony, a New York Times Notable Book of 2007, has been embraced by book clubs across the country (Josh himself has participated in person, by phone, and online in close to 100 book club discussions of Matrimony). Matrimony explores themes of love and friendship, sickness and health, money and ambition, desire and tensions of faith --- the kinds of big issues that make it perfect for a book club discussion.

Matrimony starts in 1987, when Julian Wainwright, an aspiring novelist and the Waspy son of New York old money, meets beautiful, Jewish Mia Mendelsohn in the college laundry room. So begins a love affair that, spurred on by family tragedy, carries the couple to graduation and beyond, through a series of college towns, spanning twenty years. Matrimony is about what it's like to fall in love when you're young and to try to stay in love as you reach middle age. As People Magazine said: "Charming.... Henkin keeps you reading with original characters, witty dialogue, and a view that marriage, for all its flaws, is worth the trouble."

Joshua has participated in person, by phone and online in close to 100 book club discussions of Matrimony. Click here to read an article that appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer about his discussions with book clubs.

by Joshua Henkin

  • Publication Date: August 26, 2008
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN-10: 030727716X
  • ISBN-13: 9780307277169