Take My Ex-Husband, Please--But Not Too Far

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A humorous memoir of domestic adventures and misadventures chronicles the courtship, marriage, divorce, and eternal friendship of Ed and Barbara Malley, including Barbara's role as matchmaker for her divorced husband

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Malley's prosaic debut book is made up of extracts from letters and diary notes that focus on everyday domesticity and skewed relationships. In 1939 at age 18, the pregnant author left college to marry Ed Malley, a union which produced four children. Life on the Massachusetts South Shore was full of good times: sailing, flying, raising a family. But the Malleys divorced in 1970 when the author discovered that her husband was unfaithful. She took lovers herself after recovering from a suicide attempt, then went on to become Ed's best friend--"ex-husbands like Ed are hard to find"--involving herself in his love affairs and helping him choose a new wife. While the author is clearly determined to be amusing, there is a desperate edge to her wit in a memoir that concludes with this endearment from the 67-year-old Ed to his ex: "If I weren't so happily married . . . I'd marry you and double your alimony."
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal:

Using her diaries and letters, Malley offers a personal glimpse of her seemingly never-a-dull-moment life and presents a lifelong love story with a modern twist. Covering the years 1954 to 1988, she describes the courtship, marriage, divorce, and friendship with her husband Ed. Together, they sailed through a riot of experiences from capsized boats to plane crashes. Divorce didn't stop the close relationship they shared--even after he remarried. This is good reading, especially for the mature single woman. Recommended for general library collections.
-Carol Spielman Lezak, General Learning Corp., Northbrook, Ill.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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