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July 13 , 2009

Out of Sync


At forty, newly remarried and on the brink of professional success, the author’s husband whisks her off to the United States, where they arrive on the day of the World Trade Center bombing. Even as the image of the collapsing buildings foreshadows an uncertain future, they have no idea that their marriage might also buckle under the strain of their disparate experiences, or that the international economic crisis will make it all but impossible for them to return to their country. As he enjoys an exhilarating yet exhausting climb up the corporate ladder, she endures a lonely and dismaying struggle to salvage her career. It will only be much later, after their trust in each other and their hopes of success have broken down, before the couple understands that the forces for change affecting them and the world were destined to collide, and that they are not adrift but just part of an increasingly transient world.

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