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“Theory of the Leisure Class” by E.J. Levy

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A woman in her 70's and her husband take a trek tour of Costa Rica with a bunch of other middle-class couples. She observes the peculiarities of the group; the aptly named 'Duck Man' and his young wife, the Scottish brewer and wife who feel cheated at travelling with Americans. As they continue further into nature she reveals the deep hurt at her husband's 20 year betrayal with another woman, and begins to question their relationship.

Theory of the Leisure Class

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About the Author
E.J. Levy’s writing has been featured in Best American Essays, The New York Times, and the Paris Review, among other publications, and has received a Pushcart Prize. Her debut story collection, Love, In Theory, won the 2012 Flannery O’Connor Award and the 2014 Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writers Award (previously awarded to Alice Munro and Louise Erdrich for first books); a French edition is forthcoming from Editions Rivages. Her anthology, Tasting Life Twice: Literary Lesbian Fiction by New American Writers, won a Lambda Literary Award. A graduate of Yale, she earned an MFA from Ohio State University, where she held a Presidential Fellowship; she teaches in the MFA Program at Colorado State University.
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