Dyker Heights
'Two Marriages: Novellas' by Phillip Lopate

Two Marriages Novellas Phillip Lopate Other Press: 272 pp., $24.95 THE publication of new fictions -- the first in more than 20 years -- by one of our most reliable men of letters is an occasion worth marking and measuring. Phillip Lopate is best known as an essayist. The celebrated author of half a dozen collections of literary nonfictions, including "Bachelorhood," "Portrait of My Body" and the recent "Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan," he is also the editor of the form's definitive anthology, "The Art of the Personal Essay" -- a truly serviceable enterprise that connects the work of Augustine and Montaigne to Hubert Butler and H.L....