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Debra Hamel is the mother of two preternaturally attractive girls and the author of a number of books about ancient Greece. She writes and blogs from her subterranean lair in North Haven, CT. Read more.


Books by Debra Hamel:

THE BATTLE OF ARGINUSAE :
VICTORY AT SEA AND ITS TRAGIC AFTERMATH IN THE FINAL YEARS OF THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR
By Debra Hamel


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KILLING ERATOSTHENES:
A TRUE CRIME STORY
FROM ANCIENT ATHENS
By Debra Hamel


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READING HERODOTUS:
A GUIDED TOUR THROUGH THE WILD BOARS, DANCING SUITORS, AND CRAZY TYRANTS OF THE HISTORY
By Debra Hamel


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THE MUTILATION OF THE HERMS:
UNPACKING AN ANCIENT MYSTERY
By Debra Hamel


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TRYING NEAIRA:
THE TRUE STORY OF A COURTESAN'S SCANDALOUS LIFE IN ANCIENT GREECE
By Debra Hamel


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SOCRATES AT WAR:
THE MILITARY HEROICS OF AN ICONIC INTELLECTUAL
By Debra Hamel


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ANCIENT GREEKS IN DRAG:
THE LIBERATION OF THEBES AND OTHER ACTS OF HEROIC TRANSVESTISM
By Debra Hamel


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IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY TWEET:
FIVE HUNDRED 1ST LINES IN 140 CHARACTERS OR LESS
By Debra Hamel


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PRISONERS OF THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR
By Debra Hamel


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Book Notices | The Perfect Marriage by Adam Mitzner / Almost by Elizabeth Benedict

Adam Mitzner, The Perfect Marriage

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This story has sort of a strange arc. Jessica and James are happily celebrating their first anniversary, but their "perfect marriage" was built on the backs of two destroyed relationships. Both exes are on the scene and suffering in their own ways from the betrayal of their former spouses, and Jessica's teenaged son is facing a grim medical diagnosis. James, meanwhile, is getting involved in a shady art deal with a sometime associate. So there's all that backstory, which goes on for more than a third of the book, and then suddenly everything changes: one of the characters is found dead, and now we're in the middle of a police procedural. Then it turns into a legal story and we watch the initial proceedings against the accused in some detail until, ultimately, the story rolls to an unsatisfying, unsurprising conclusion. It's not an awful book, but it doesn't make me eager to read more from this author.

Elizabeth Benedict, Almost

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Well, this was a lovely book. Narrator Sophy Chase is almost divorced when she finds out that her husband, Will, has died. She leaves her new boyfriend to fly back to Swansea, an island off of Massachusetts, to deal with things—her grief, her guilt, her stepdaughters, the funeral, the dog she left behind when she left. Sophy's desperate for answers about Will's sudden death, but there aren't any firm conclusions on offer here. That's the beauty of the book: It eschews Hallmark Channel certainty for ambiguity and moral grays. By the end of the story, after the funeral and a couple of other dramas piled on top of it, Sophy's character has moved forward in her life, but it's a subtle shift only, to a subtly better place. It's not a Hallmark ending, that is, but a realistic one.

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