Hamilton-Wenham Public Library

The deceptions, Jill Bialosky - hardcover

"A middle-aged poet finds herself adrift in her marriage and life now that her child has moved away to college. Her job teaching Greek myth to high school boys at a prestigious New York City academy has its small pleasures-her students offer surprising insights to stories she's studied for decades-but as her debut poetry collection approaches publication she starts to notice the seams of her life becoming unloosed. The chorus of voices in her life -- a mysterious neighbor in a potentially dangerous situation, a visiting poet at the academy struggling with writer's block, the word-starved dialogue with her distant husband --start to become overwhelming. She finds solace only at the Met, its history and sculptures beckon as a comfort and a warning for what happens to people who love wrongly, who love ambitions. The collapse of her life reaches a fever pitch just as betrayals are revealed all around her, and she must confront the realities of her life or be lost to its mythology forever. Suffused with the motifs of classic Greek mythology, especially the story of Leda and the Swan, THE DECEPTIONS is a seductively told, deeply moving exploration of female sexuality and ambition and a celebration of beauty and the invisible yet powerful ties that bind together a marriage, a life, work of art and its beholder"--, Provided by publisher
Literary form
First Counterpoint edition.
Physical description
289 pages, illustrations, 25 cm.

Library Locations

  • Hamilton-Wenham Public Library

    14 Union Street, South Hamilton, MA, 01982, US