Alexandra Marshall

Novels

The Court of Common Pleas

The Court of Common Pleas

  • 2001, Houghton Mifflin
  • 2003, Mariner Books

At sixty-three, Judge Gregory Brennan is on the brink of retirement. With his youngest daughter headed for college, Gregory envisions traveling abroad, basking in a repose that his demanding career has not allowed, with his wife, Audrey, at his side. But Audrey has other ambitions.


Gus in Bronze

Gus in Bronze

  • 1977, Alfred A. Knopf
  • 1999, Mariner Books

Strong, lovely, vibrant Augusta—Gus—married to a man she adores and mother of three young children, is dying of cancer. Gus In Bronze is the beautifully told story of her last four weeks, illuminating the sad and comic ways she and those she loves grapple with unthinkable loss.


Something Borrowed

Something Borrowed

  • 1997, Houghton Mifflin
  • 1999, Mariner Books

Gale and Gary are a divorced couple reunited after fifteen years on the occasion of their son's wedding. Their marriage began with a passionate connection and, through one betrayal, ended in an explosive collapse. At middle age, each has settled into a new life with a caring spouse. But seeing each other again, Gary and Gale are shocked to find that sexual sparks still fly between them, and temptation beckons against their better judgment.


The Brass Bed

The Brass Bed

  • 1985, Doubleday & Company
  • 1987, Plume

Duncan Jones, a top Boston journalist, feels trapped in an emotional limbo. Devastated by the breakup of his fourteen-year marriage to a successful attorney, his growing disillusionment with his career only increases his sense of doubt and despair. By chance, he meets Nina, a woman struggling to pick up the pieces of her own shattered life. Recently arrived in Boston, Nina is haunted by the accidental death of her longtime (and very married) French lover, the father of her baby daughter.


Tender Offer

Tender Offer

  • 1981, Alfred A. Knopf
  • 1982, Playboy

A single parent and self-made businesswoman, Phoebe Newcomb parleyed a fudge recipe into a multimillion dollar candy company, and is suddenly faced with the threat of a takeover. Outraged and terrified, she is determined to fight. But can she count on the support of the other major stockholders—her two grown children—or anyone else in her life?