Love and Marriage: A Novel by Herbert M. Katz
Relationships come in all varieties and this novel covers a big chunk of them! Synopsis from Kirkus Reviews: Love and Marriage . . . and divorce, affairs, separations and the accommodations of a glossy sheaf of Manhattan media people, about whom one normally wouldn't give a pica.
However Katz is making a more serious attempt than is usual in the bed-and-bistro genre, to follow with accuracy the wavering courses of alliances among career urbanites who "love the way they can." The central feature here concerns the recent divorce of magazine editor Brandon from social worker Linda, his satisfying intermittent sex with cool Crystal, and his real love for generous Jennifer.
Obsessed by the loss of his life with his kids, his past with Linda, Brandon almost loses Jennifer. After all the earnest articulations of states of mind (Brandon feels "fictive" in the morning), Brandon's beautiful sociologist mother (separated from her husband) interviews odd couples which include one feminist, one bi-sexual, one square, etc. And there's Harvey, the porn king, and his friend who murders in drag. It doesn't really coalesce and you won't find much humanity in the relentless pursuit of self-images, but you'll hang around to see what develops.
- published in 1975
- could be a first edition, though I'm not 100% sure
- some tears in the book jacket, though otherwise good condition