- 336 Pages
- On-Sale Date: 06/28/2011
- ISBN: 9780061963087
- Reading Guide
- Trim Size: 5.310in x 8.000in x 0.760in
"A wise and loving portrait of a marriage. . . . Susanna Daniel writes beautifully of matters of the heart." — Jennifer Haigh, author of The Condition
Against a vivid South Florida background, Susanna Daniel’s Stiltsville offers a gripping, bittersweet portrait of a marriage—and a romance—that deepens over the course of three decades.
One sunny morning in 1969, 26 year old Frances Ellerby finds herself in a place called Stiltsville, a community of houses built on pilings in the middle of Biscayne Bay. It’s the first time the Atlanta native has been out on the open water, and she’s captivated. On the dock of a stilt house, with the dazzling skyline in the distance and the unknowable ocean beneath her, she meets the house’s owner, Dennis DuVal—and a new future reveals itself.
Called “an elegantly crafted work of art and a great read” by Curtis Sittenfeld (American Wife, Prep), Stiltsville is a stunningly assured debut novel sure to appeal to readers of Anita Shreve, Sue Miller, and Annie Dillard, or anyone enchanted by the sultry magic of Miami.
Susanna Daniel was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Her first novel, Stiltsville, was awarded the PEN/Bingham prize for debut fiction. She is a graduate of Columbia University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
“I fell in love with Susanna Daniel’s characters, Dennis and Frances. The dialogue, the pacing, and the tenderness between this married couple is so authentic and true. But it’s the setting of Florida, and especially the place that is Stiltsville, that literally elevates this story to magic.” — Hannah Tinti, author of The Good Thief
“This soulful novel will inspire you to reflect on your own definitions of house, home, and what really makes a couple close.” — Redbook
“Both structurally and in tone, the book recalls linked short-story collections such as Alice Munro’s The Beggar Maid, following one character chronologically through a long period. Each piece can stand alone, but the whole is enriched when they are read together. . . . Lovely.” — Laura C.J. Owen, Minneapolis Star Tribune
“A quietly remarkable novel. . . . Reminiscent of Marilynn Robinson’s Home.” — Scott Eyman, Palm Beach Post
“With its lush flora and constant sun, South Florida is the true star of Daniel’s exquisite debut, which follows a marriage over the course of 30 years. . . . Beautifully told from Frances’s pensive, sharp perspective. . . . Drawing inexorably toward a moving resolution.” — Publishers Weekly
“A deeply engrossing tale of love, family, friendship, and motherhood, Stiltsville is both an elegantly crafted work of art and a great read. The love story effortlessly spans decades, and the characters are as real and vivid as the novel’s South Florida backdrop. Susanna Daniel is an extraordinary writer.” — Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Prep and American Wife
“Set against the wild and changeable landscape of South Florida, Stiltsville is a wise and loving portrait of a marriage, written with keen insight into the ways two lives grow together over the years. This is a rare first novel. Susanna Daniel writes beautifully of matters of the heart.” — Jennifer Haigh, author of The Condition, Baker Towers, and Mrs. Kimble
“In this wise and luminous novel, Susanna Daniel does something truly rare: she creates characters so real that you feel they’ve entered the very room where you sit reading. Before you know it, they’ve also entered your heart, and are breaking it…. A work of tremendous maturity, empathy and humanity.” — Dani Shapiro, author of Devotion and Black and White
“I fell in love in the opening pages of Stiltsville. There was nothing I wanted more than to spend time in the company of these vivid characters and keep reading Susanna Daniel’s lovely, lucid prose.” — Margot Livesey, author of The House on Fortune Street-