The Arrangement

The Arrangement

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"An irresistible novel about food, desire, and the real-life love triangle between M.F.K Fisher, her husband, and the man she left him for--the true love of her life Los Angeles, 1934. Mary Frances is on the cusp of becoming M.F.K. Fisher--the writer whose artful personal essays about food created a genre. She is hungry, and not just for food: she wants Tim, her husband Al's charming friend, who encourages her writing and seems to understand her better than anyone. Mary Frances and Al no longer share the things that once bound them together--a good glass of wine, a fine meal, their creative energy, and even their affection and intimacy. After a night's transgression with Tim, it's only a matter of time before Mary Frances claims what she truly desires, plunging all three of them into a tangled triangle of affection that will have far-reaching effects on their families, their careers, and their lives. Set in California, France, and the Swiss Alps, The Arrangement is a sparkling, sensual, and completely enveloping story of love, passion, and a woman well ahead of her time, who had the courage to be--and to take--exactly who she wanted"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Viking, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780525429661
Branch Call Number: FIC/WARLICK
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 22 cm


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Sep 24, 2016

Warlick’s book is based on the life of legendary food writer M.F.K. Fisher as she embarks on her writing career and a ménage à trois in the 1930s LA, Paris and Switzerland.

I read this for the food, being a long-time foodie and admirer of her writing. The business with Al Fisher, her first husband, and Tim Parrish, the lover and second husband, made me so sad.

ChristchurchLib Mar 28, 2016

Unfulfilled in her marriage to academic Al Fisher, aspiring writer Mary Frances Kennedy pursues married painter Dillywn "Tim" Parrish -- who, unlike Al, supports her literary ambitions while satisfying her physical desires. Set in 1930s Los Angeles, Paris, and the Swiss Alps, this lush and atmospheric biographical novel stars pioneering food writer M.F.K. Fisher, of whom W.H. Auden once said, "I do not know of anyone in the United States who writes better prose." For another fictionalised account of a real-life love triangle, try Lily King's Euphoria, inspired by the life of anthropologist Margaret Mead.

abruzzo79 Mar 22, 2016

"She had slipped this life for another, where time and event and memory all blended....Sometimes words were the conduit, and sometimes, eating, talking about food...."

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Mar 10, 2016

I knew nothing about MFK Fisher prior to reading this book (though I did Wikipedia her midway through, which was good since it prepared me for the heartbreaking end to this story) and now that I'm finished, I really want to seek out her writing. This is a tricky story to tell, and in my opinion gets too bogged down in its first half with her marriage, but it's beautifully written and very evocative of a specific time and place(s), and fans of authors like Paula McLain will find much to like here.


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