Book Reviews of Burning Down the House

Burning Down the House
Burning Down the House
Author: Merry McInerney
ISBN-13: 9780312856984
ISBN-10: 0312856989
Publication Date: 9/1994
Pages: 252
Rating:
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2.8 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Forge
Book Type: Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Toby and Blase are the perfect couple for the 1990s. He is an aspiring novelist with leanings toward Fitzgerald, and she teaches philosophy while working on her Ph.D. Their courtship is passionate and romantic. Soon after they marry, Blase leaves his teaching job to write full-time, while Toby sportingly pays the bills. Then Blase's new novel hits the top of the charts, and their marriage hits the skids. Has success spoiled Blase? You bet! Their lives become a haze of parties, booze, and drugs, and Blase begins to sleep around. Toby is at the end of her rope when Blase walks out and she begins to pull her life together, sadder but wiser. One suspects that McInerney, the former wife of bad boy author Jay McInerney, knows quite well the territory about which she writes. Her all-too-familiar story is told with a sharp and stinging wit. Recommended for popular collections.
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From B&N:
Toby Dodge is happy to put her own life on hold while her husband writes "The Great American Novel." During the day she works and he writes. At night, she edits what he's written. But when the novel hits the bestseller list he becomes a celebrity while she finds herself nudged into the background, and faced with the ugly fact that her man has no intention of standing by her.
From Library Journal
Toby and Blase are the perfect couple for the 1990s. He is an aspiring novelist with leanings toward Fitzgerald, and she teaches philosophy while working on her Ph.D. Their courtship is passionate and romantic. Soon after they marry, Blase leaves his teaching job to write full-time, while Toby sportingly pays the bills. Then Blase's new novel hits the top of the charts, and their marriage hits the skids. Has success spoiled Blase? You bet! Their lives become a haze of parties, booze, and drugs, and Blase begins to sleep around. Toby is at the end of her rope when Blase walks out and she begins to pull her life together, sadder but wiser. One suspects that McInerney, the former wife of bad boy author Jay McInerney, knows quite well the territory about which she writes. Her all-too-familiar story is told with a sharp and stinging wit.