After the death of her beloved twin brother and the abandonment of
her long-time lover, Greta Wells undergoes electroshock therapy. Over
the course of the treatment, Greta finds herself repeatedly sent to
1918, 1941, and back to the present. Whisked from the gas-lit streets
and horse-drawn carriages of the West Village, to a martini-fueled lunch
at the Oak Room, in these other worlds, Greta finds her brother alive
and well though fearfully masking his true personality. And her former
lover is now her devoted husband...but will he be unfaithful to her in
this life as well? Greta Wells is fascinated by her alter egos: in 1941,
she is a devoted mother; in 1918, she is a bohemian adulteress.
In this spellbinding novel by Andrew Sean Greer, The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells ($14.99), each reality has its own losses, its own rewards; each extracts a different price. Which life will she choose as she wrestles with the unpredictability of love and the consequences of even her most carefully considered choices?
Andrew Sean Greer studied writing at Brown University, where he was the commencement speaker at his own graduation. He later received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Montana. He soon moved to Seattle, where he wrote for Nintendo and taught community college, then to San Francisco, where he began to publish in magazines such as Esquire, The Paris Review, and The New Yorker before releasing a collection of his stories, How It Was for Me. His novels include The Path of Minor Planets, The Confessions of Max Tivoli, and The Story of a Marriage. He lives in San Francisco with his husband in a house adjoining that of his twin brother.
After the death of her beloved twin brother, Felix, and the breakup with her longtime lover, Nathan, Greta Wells embarks on a radical psychiatric treatment to alleviate her suffocating depression.