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 manhattan, some distance faraway from the mainstream.
Then the unthinkable occurs. Marriage. relations. Dinner events. For Chick, a task on the neighborhood newspaper writing an recommendation column punctuated through blandly inspirational Pepigrams: “To flip hindrances into stepping stones—pick up your feet.” For Nickie, an not going profession in legislations enforcement. yet simply while it appears their lives have settled down prior to they can even start, Chick starts off an affair with Mrs. Thicknesse, a newspaper song critic of plentiful girth and potential, and a complete brouhaha breaks free: blackmail, forgery, mystery sleuthing, court cases. there's drama in suburbia in the end, 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 filled with the intense wordplay and scrumptious ironies that made Peter de Vries “one of the simplest comedian novelists that the USA has ever produced” (Commentary).
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