Pub Date 07 May 2019
For young wife and mother, Alex Pearl, the post-Nixon 1970s offers pot parties, tie-dyed fashions, and the lure of the open marriage her husband wants for the two of them. Alex is a painter, stifled but loyal, and when she realizes just how far her husband's eye has begun to wander, she's faced with difficult choices about what marriage and family mean, and whether an "open" lifestyle mimicking communal living might be for her. Yearning for both greater adventure and intimacy, yet fearful of losing it all, Alex must figure out the truth of love and fidelity—at a pivotal point in an American Marriage.
“How impressive Split-Level is: wonderfully rich with details, fluent and fluid, with an inevitable-yet-unexpected ending, inspired throughout is a portrait of a woman whose essential life is an unconscious double-ness/split-ness.” —Joyce Carol Oates, author of We Were the Mulvaneys and Blonde
“Ah, the 1970s. Mini-skirts. Suburbia. Tie-dye, and the freewheeling era of the so-called open marriage. Boritz Berger’s sly, smart second novel, written in prose as glorious as the era’s iconic tequila sunrise, gives us an on-the-verge-of-an-adventure heroine, who comes to realize that sometimes having the life you desperately need means giving up the life you desperately want.” —Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You and Is This Tomorrow
“With humor and poignancy, Berger brings us to the depths of how frightening it is to lose all trust in those we love, and the uncertainty that all we thought we had might suddenly slide away.” —Nahid Rachlin, author of Persian Girls and Foreigner