By Peter De Vries
Chick Swallow and his ally, Nickie Sherman, are teenage boulevardiers of Decency, Connecticut, devotees of Oscar Wilde who spend their evenings crafting perverse aphorisms in an ice-cream parlor. “There is just one factor worse than no longer having children,” opines Chick, “and that's having them.” Unrepentant aesthetes, sometime quickly they are going to be in Paris or big apple, some distance faraway from the mainstream.
Then the unthinkable occurs. Marriage. family members. Dinner events. For Chick, a role on the neighborhood newspaper writing an suggestion column punctuated via blandly inspirational Pepigrams: “To flip hindrances into stepping stones—pick up your feet.” For Nickie, an not going occupation in legislations enforcement. yet simply whilst it appears their lives have settled down sooner than they can even commence, Chick starts off an affair with Mrs. Thicknesse, a newspaper song critic of considerable girth and capacity, and a complete brouhaha breaks unfastened: blackmail, forgery, mystery sleuthing, court cases. there's drama in suburbia finally, and Chick and Nickie are as much as their necks in it.
A wild, witty story of friendship, marriage, and infidelity, Comfort Me with Apples is choked with the bright wordplay and scrumptious ironies that made Peter de Vries “one of the easiest comedian novelists that the US has ever produced” (Commentary).
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