Insignificant Others

Insignificant Others

A Novel

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WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU DISCOVER YOUR INSIGNIFICANT OTHER IS BECOMING MORE SIGNIFICANT THAN YOUR SPOUSE?

Richard Rossi works in HR at a Boston-based software company and prides himself on his understanding of the foibles and fictions we all use to get through the day. Too bad he’s not as good at spotting such behavior in himself. What else could explain his passionate affair with Benjamin, a very unavailable married man? Richard is also not entirely available himself—there’s Conrad, his adorable if maddening partner to contend with. But when Conrad starts spending a suspicious amount of time in Ohio, and economic uncertainty challenges Richard’s chances for promotion, he realizes his priorities might be a little skewed.
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  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 256 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743453202 | 
  • June 2011
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How significant are INSIGNIFICANT OTHERS? Stephen McCauley chats about his latest novel.

McCauley, "the master of the modern comedy of manners" (USA Today) introduces an ensemble cast whose personal and professional lives are undone.

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Dinner and Monogamy

When I learned that Conrad, my partner of eight years, was seeing someone on the side, I wasn’t completely surprised. A couple of years earlier, I’d noticed that the word “monogamy” had fallen out of our vocabulary, and I assumed he had as many reasons for no longer using it as I did. Even though it’s usually not acknowledged, at a certain point in most relationships discretion supplants fidelity as a guiding virtue.
The slow, silent fade of monogamy in our lives reminded me of something that had happened with a particularly flavorful baked chicken dish we used to make. The chicken was... see more

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