Banality of Words is an urban story that reminds the reader of the transitory and fickle nature of love of the idle rich who prefer the frothy whipping cream on the cake rather than the cake itself. It’s a banal existence that scratches at the surface of life.
“The deliberate construction of an illusion often lasts longer than the real thing,” says a character named Steve. More
In Banality of Words, a successful businesswoman whose marriage has become as trite and dull as the women in her social circle, embarks on an affair with a younger man—all because she has never heard her husband tell her he loved her. Just when reconciliation seems likely she discovers she is pregnant with her lover’s child while the jealous, unyielding husband is diagnosed with cancer.
“She had a taste of complete freedom, unrestricted by any human limitations and conventions, the freedom of the loon in the middle of the lake calling its soul mate and receiving a trembling, loving response from the depth of the wild.” The author obviously wants to highlight the fleetingly transient condition of modern love that seeks to find an escape from boredom to short-lived freedom in adulterous sex.
"The art of a fiction writer, Markman says, is to lead the reader into another world, to “share the grief, joy, failure and wisdom” of people other than ourselves. In this, The Dark Days of Love has succeeded, as Markman carefully peels away the refined façade of convention and duty that guides the civilized mores of our lives and, with unmerciful precision, deftly exposes the primitive drama of the man-woman conflict beneath." Ellen Tanner Marsh, New York Times best selling author