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Time Will Darken It



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Time Will Darken It by William Maxwell
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The decision to invite his distant Southern relatives to stay proves a fateful one for lawyer Austin King. Unwittingly he sets in motion events that will threaten his marriage, his law practice and his standing in the community. Austin's eagerness to please his idealistic foster-cousin Nora is all too easily mistaken for other motives, especially since Nora is so clearly besotted with him. Her infatuation with her cousin, which she sees as liberating but which does little but damage, is at the heart of the story. Austin, a decent if unimaginative man, remains convinced that patience and kindness will bring their rewards but unknowingly betrays those he loves most and comes close to destroying himself. Against the perfectly drawn background of a small town in Illinois in 1912, William Maxwell once again demonstrates his genius for uncovering the seeds of potential tragedy at the heart of comfortable middle class life.

Author Biography

William Maxwell (1908-2000) was born in Illinois. He was the author of a distinguished body of work: six novels, three short story collections, an autobiographical memoir and a collection of literary essays and reviews. A New Yorker editor for 40 years, he helped to shape the prose and careers of John Updike, John Cheever, John O'Hara, Sylvia Townsend Warner and Eudora Welty. His novel, So Long Tomorrow won the American Book Award, and in 1995 he received the PEN/Malamud Award.
Release date NZ
January 7th, 1999
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
The Harvill Press
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