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The Body of Jonah Boyd by David Leavitt
The Body of Jonah Boyd centers around Judith "Denny" Denham and her strange relationship with the Wright family. She's the secretary to a successful psychoanalyst and professor, Ernest Wright, and also his lover. She's the friend and piano partner with his wife, Nancy. Their children treat her like a confidant or rival for their parents' attention. When Nancy's best friend from her past comes to visit, along with her husband, the novelist Jonah Boyd, for a Thanksgiving weekend, all of their lives are changed forever. Jonah's breakthrough novel, written longhand in notebooks, disappears and can't be found anywhere. Denny recounts the story of all these characters for the next 30 years, from Jonah's death in an alcoholic haze, to murder and inheritances, and the unraveling of the secrets of what really happened that weekend. David Leavitt's novel has received mostly positive reviews with the San Jose Mercury News saying, "The Body of Jonah Boyd is artful in its leisurely withholding of information, its surprise undercutting of expectations, and its determined understatement of tone. It's a small, smart novel from a writer of abundant talents."