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Marriage of Sticks

By: Jonathan Carroll
Narrated by: Amanda Carlin
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Miranda Romanac is a successful 30-something woman in today's modern world, yet she feels alone and adrift on the sea of her life. At her high school reunion she makes a shattering discovery that further undermines her already shaky sense of who she is and where she is going. When she meets the remarkable Hugh Oakley, her life takes a 180-degree turn for the better - but at what price?

When they move to a house in the country to start a new life together, the reality Miranda had once known begins to slip away. Miranda is haunted by alarming, impossible visions and strangers whom she feels certain she has known, although they are all from other times and places. As these phantom lives consume her own and begin to affect all that she knows and loves, Miranda must learn the truth to reclaim it. But sometimes the hardest truth to accept is the knowledge of who we really are.

©1999 Jonathan Carroll (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • Pierce
  • 15-05-22


Jonathan Carroll is a story-teller. His prose flows so smoothly, powerfully, like a fine whiskey, neat.
Carroll has been compared to Jorge Luis Borges. Magic Realism? I can live with that.
But no doubt about it, Carroll is his own self.
The Marriage of Sticks is currently my favorite of Carroll's novels.
It's the story of a young art dealer whose life becomes more and more rare. It has a type of magic, besides that of Carroll's prose, the magic has its own personality.
We go through the woman's life, which breaks, again and again, like shattering a mirror, but in fractal patterns. There is whimsy, and more than a wee bit of fear.
I always feel a better, happier person after reading a Carroll novel.
There is a refreshing crispness to his prose.
Highly recommended.
"To country people, magic is no big deal."

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  • Sarah
  • 23-10-13

Not his best but worth it.

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I'm a Jonathan Carroll fan, and I enjoyed this one, but felt like it wasn't quite filled out. I liked the reader.