“Box of Darkness: Story of a Marriage” will be presented by author Sally Ryder Brady at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis. Brady is making Davis one of only a couple of stops on her California trip.
Brady’s book, described as “a poignant memoir about a marriage that was as deep and strong as it was mysterious and complex,” is in the tradition of Joan Didion’s “The Year of Magical Thinking.”
Upton and Sally Brady were a rare breed: cultivated and elegant, they lived a life of literary glamor and high expectations. But as time wore on, Upton, the charming and brilliant husband, the inventive, beguiling partner, grew opinionated, cranky, controlling and dangerous.
When Upton died suddenly one evening in their Vermont cottage, Sally began uncovering secrets. As she went through his papers, she discovered that her husband of 46 years had desired the love of other men. Her riveting, charismatic husband was not quite the man he appeared to be, and a year of mourning became for Sally a time to unravel the dark and unexpected web he had left behind. Hers is a moving and powerful story of coming to terms with what cannot be changed.