Let's discuss "A Box of Darkenss:The Story of a Marriage" by Sally Ryder Brady

In the tradition of Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking, comes a poignant memoir about a marriage that was as deep and strong as it was mysterious and complex

Upton and Sally Brady were a rare breed: cultivated and elegant, they lived a life of literary glamour and high expectations. Sally a debutante; Upton a classics major from Harvard, they met at the Boston Cotillion. He was articulate, witty, and worldly, and he danced like Fred Astaire. How could she resist? Despite raising four children on Upton’s modest wage as the editor-in-chief of the Atlantic Monthly Press, theirs was a world of champagne, sailboats, private islands, famous writers, family rituals, and ice-cold martinis. They lived life on their terms. But as time wore on, Upton, the charming and brilliant husband, the inventive, beguiling partner, grew opinionated, cranky, controlling, and dangerous.

When Upton died suddenly one evening in their Vermont cottage, Sally began uncovering secrets. As she went through his papers, she discovered that her husband of forty-six years had desired the love of other men. Her riveting, charismatic husband was not quite the man he appeared to be, and a year of mourning became for Sally a time to unravel the dark and unexpected web he had left behind. Hers is a moving and powerful story of coming to terms with what cannot be changed. It is also a story of great love.

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  • Beth M.

    It was a decent book that covered some very difficult subjects. But, as we always do we found some humor in the situation, and decided that the sequel from the children will be a must read that fills us in on the type of person the mother really was. And I think that the book I want to read is the psychic's messages from Upton beyond the grave. Chapter One - What I Spent the $70,000 On. As you can tell, we had a lively and great conversation and hope you can be with us in the future.

    October 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I can't make it, either. Trying to get a head start on the work week. Also, I'm only 78 pages in, but I'm determined to complete the book anyway. It was nice meeting you guys last time. I'm looking forward to coming again in November.

    October 27, 2013

    • Andrea F.

      Thanks, Jen, for letting me know. Looking forward to seeing you in November, too!

      October 27, 2013

  • Meoshie B.

    Sorry can't make it tonight. Hope someone can take my place.

    October 27, 2013

    • Andrea F.

      Thanks for updating you status and letting me know in advance! Looking forward to seeing you next time.

      October 27, 2013

  • Melanie

    Please let me know if a spot opens up. I just picked up the book.

    1 · September 30, 2013

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