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Double Honeymoon

A Novel

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January 14, 2014 | Paperback | 5.6 x 8.4, 208 Pages | ISBN 9781619022751
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“Evan Connell, of course, could not write a graceless sentence...” —Kirkus

Karl Muhlbach, hero of Evan Connell’s previous novel, The Connoisseur, has a new obsession—a beautiful, nubile girl-about-New York named Lambeth Brent, whose puzzling background and swinging activities lead Muhlbach into dark areas, causing new revelations of himself as a man to emerge.

The mysterious bonds between opposites come into sharp relief as we follow the course of Muhlbach and Lambeth’s relationship. An uncomfortable visit to the ballet, an abortive country vacation, brief but sparkling happy moments, and Muhlbach’s final, shocking discovery add up to a mosaic of vignettes, rendering the characters startlingly real.

Double Honeymoon explores the built-in dangers of a love affair between a cautious, conservative, middle-aged widower and a neurotic, high-strung, self-destructive girl. But far from just another May-September romance, the book is a keen examination of the dilemma posed by two people who are attracted to each other, yet unable to come together because of the profound differences in their backgrounds and outlooks. With a sure hand, Evan Connell demonstrates just how profound those differences can be.

EVAN S. CONNELL, one of America’s major literary figures, is the author of numerous books, including Notes in a Bottle Found on a Beach in Carmel, The Anatomy Lesson, and At the Crossroads.


“Evan Connell, author of the widely acclaimed Mr. Bridge and Mrs. Bridge, has a sure touch when it comes to taking the pulse of the average quiet-living man. His newest novel charts the course of an extraordinary adventure, the love affair between Karl Muhlbach, father of two, widower, a rather pedestrian insurance executive of middle years, and Lambeth Brent, a beautiful and unpredictable young woman. The affair, because of Lambeth’s strange and erratic behavior, is unsettling to Muhlbach, shocks him out of his routinely ordinary life, bewilders him as he tries to deal with the mercurial but always enticing and ultimately tragic Lambeth. Connell’s perceptions of the odd pair, of the shadings and intricacies of Muhlbach’s feelings as his life is subjected to youth and change are subtly, beautifully and wryly realized. A fine novel of today’s Everyman.” —Publishers Weekly

“Evan Connell, of course, could not write a graceless sentence…” —Kirkus

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