A prize-winning fiction writer who splits her year between Berkeley and an island here on Puget Sound, Cornelia Nixon visits with a novel that looks at a mature marriage gone off the rails in The Use of Fame (Counterpoint). Told in alternating narratives, that of wife and husband, who are both poets, who are of quite different classes and backgrounds, this is an insightful look at where things can go, at what leads to endings and to beginnings.
“Rarely has a marriage so come alive in a work of fiction. This novel has the power of intensely lived life and the authority of absolute authenticity. The sympathetic presentations of both wife and husband are beautifully drawn. So intense, beautifully written, shining with ‘felt life,’ it is truly gripping—riveting.” —Joyce Carol Oates.