A Day at the Beach: A Novel

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Dec 17, 2015 - Fiction - 224 pages
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The marriage of Gerhard and Suzannah Falktopf is already in trouble when tragedy strikes on the morning of September 11, 2001. Though they escape harm when the planes crash into the towers, husband and wife are suddenly cast into an unpredictable psychological space that allows their repressed selves, and their sharp differences, to rise to the surface. With their young son and nanny in tow, they head for the safety of the Hamptons. But despite their soft landing in this cocoon of privilege, the unleashed demons will push them to their psychic limits -- so much so that by the next morning they will hardly recognize each other.
Taking place over a manic twenty-four hours, A Day at the Beach is a fast-paced, razor-sharp story whose personal tragedy contains sparks of dark humor about American life pre- and post-9/11. Helen Schulman has crafted a powerful portrait of a marriage in crisis, framed by one of the darkest events in our country’s history.

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User Review  - phoenixcomet - LibraryThing

A great read. The story takes place on September 11th and depicts the responses of a man, Gerhard Falktopf, his wife, Suzannah and their autistic son, Nikolai to the devastation that occurs in lower ... Read full review

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User Review  - bobbieharv - LibraryThing

This book started out well but became more and more irritating as it went along, until by the end it was almost unreadable. Very slow pace, undeveloped characters, melodramatic. Surprising, because I think it got good reviews. Read full review

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About the author (2015)

HELEN SCHULMAN is the author of the novels P.S., The Revisionist, and Out of Time, and the short story collection Not a Free Show. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Vanity Fair, Time, Vogue, GQ, The Paris Review, and the New York Times Book Review. She lives in New York City.

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