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Separate Hours

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A disturbingly honest, elegantly imagined unveiling of the way truth becomes elusive in a long-term relationship, Separate Hours is a love story about the betrayal of love. Yuri and Adrienne Tipton, both psychotherapists, conduct their separate practices in a shared basement office in an upper Westside New York brownstone. They also share a ten-year-old daughter, a too-comfortable life, an apparently happy marriage, and a connectedness that blurs the edges of their separate identities. Who is telling the real truth? Can either of the novel's narrators be taken at their word? Adrienne and Yuri tell the story of their life together (and apart), trying to make sense of the darkly irrational. When Adrienne claims that in a movie of their lives, she would be the more sympathetic character, the novel, to test her premise, gives us a possible scenario for the movie. In the further quixotic pursuit of clarity, the novel turns Yuri and Adrienne's marriage into a case study prepared for a psychoanalytic journal. Separate Hours zeroes in on their marriage and the few things outside that come close enough to get caught in its tentacles. For all the novel's comic elements, it underlying vision is dark. From the moment of Yuri and Adrienne's initial meeting, they embrace the conflict. Although they appear to understand what drives them, their behavior for the most part is blindly compulsive and deathbent. Self-knowledge has little impact of how they live their lives. Baumbach's seventh novel examines a postmodern marriage in crisis, as if it were a "patient etherized upon a table."

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Hardback Editions

January 1990 : USA Hardback
Title: Separate Hours
Author(s): Jonathan Baumbach
ISBN: 0-932511-27-9 / 978-0-932511-27-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fiction Collective 2
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Paperback Editions

January 1990 : USA Paperback
Title: Separate Hours
Author(s): Jonathan Baumbach
ISBN: 0-932511-28-7 / 978-0-932511-28-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fiction Collective 2
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Kindle Editions

December 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Separate Hours
Author(s): Jonathan Baumbach
Publisher: Dzanc Books
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