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Beloved Stranger

(1999)
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After fifty years of marriage in the same Dublin suburb, Dick and Lily Butler enjoy a "safe" life of compromise, of small and loving concessions to each other. Then one night their happy, balanced world is upended forever, when Lily wakes to find Dick under the bed, holding a shotgun, convinced there's an intruder in the house.

This darkly comic incident marks Dick's terrifying plunge into insanity, his freefall into a world of imaginary enemies and sexual fantasies. For Lily, an old-fashioned wife who has accepted her partner for better or worse, there is nowhere to turn. Now, for the first time, she finds herself unable to follow where her husband leads and is utterly disoriented by this freedom. She is forced to confront the rock face of marriage; having been bound together, she and Dick are now marooned together.

Part thriller, part love story, part macabre comedy, Beloved Stranger is also an analysis of marriage at the end of the millennium-a changeless institution in a vastly altered world.

    


Hardback Editions

August 1999 : USA Hardback
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Title: Beloved Stranger
Author(s): Clare Boylan
ISBN: 0-316-84807-7 / 978-0-316-84807-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
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March 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: Beloved Stranger
Author(s): Clare Boylan
ISBN: 1-58243-096-9 / 978-1-58243-096-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
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Paperback Editions

September 2002 : USA Paperback
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Title: Beloved Stranger
Author(s): Clare Boylan
ISBN: 1-58243-224-4 / 978-1-58243-224-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Counterpoint
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April 2001 : Paperback

Title: Beloved Stranger
Author(s): Clare Boylan
ISBN: 444440700X / 978-4444407007
Publisher: Imprint unknown
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June 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: Beloved Stranger
Author(s): Clare Boylan
ISBN: 0-349-11263-0 / 978-0-349-11263-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Abacus
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