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How is a woman supposed to act, sitting by the hospital bedside of her husband in a coma from which he'll never return? Caroline's son the chef points out that dyeing her hair for the first time, right there in the hospital, is a weird choice. Caroline is also reliving the one perilous point in her marriage, when it seemed possible husband William might defect - to a beautiful fellow law student of their daughter's. Though in terror, she had adopted a chillingly controlled strategy of no sudden moves, knowing that 'if you were married the way she was, right to the nerve-endings, you lived in particular peril'. Mediocre marriages weren't in such jeopardy. David Sanderson is another anachronism, and he knows it. In the age of the uncommitted male, he is besottedly committed. His wife has been unfaithful and he minds like hell. Counsellors offer him forgiveness workshops, Prozac and Viagra. His wife offers slinky undies instead of the white cotton ones he loves. Why won't anyone accept the fact that he's not depressed he's heartbroken? With a finely tuned ear for the emotional pitch of marital stress, Anne Taylor Fleming has a swipe at the personal defences and social bromides that impede the true romantic in the pursuit of true love. Her witty and captivating portrait of spouses in crisis challenges the ways we look at marriage today.
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Anne Taylor Fleming is a leading US journalist and TV commentator whose work has appeared in the NEW YORK TIMES, NEWSWEEK, the NEW YORKER and VOGUE. MARRIAGE: A DUET is her first work of fiction. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, journalist Karl Fleming.From Library Journal:
This first work of fiction by Fleming, a journalist and contributor to CNN's NewsNight with Aaron Brown, comprises two novellas that examine the ideas of marriage and infidelity and how spouses can genuinely love each other yet decide to test the boundaries. In the first, "A Married Woman," we meet middle-aged Caroline, a mother of two grown children who is watching her husband, William, slowly die. The narrative is divided between the present and Caroline's recollections of William's having an affair with a friend of their college-aged daughter Katie. Though Caroline loves her husband a great deal and his impending death rattles the whole family, his indiscretion has tainted the household. In the second novella, "A Married Man," Fleming turns the tables. We meet a younger family, the Sandersons-David, a successful investment advisor; his beautiful wife, Marcia; and their two young sons, Trevor and Kyle. Marcia has decided to have a brief fling with a dinner guest and though regretful does not hide her indiscretion. The couple seeks help from a counselor, but David can't seem to cope with having had his idyllic marriage spoiled. Both stories are set in Los Angeles and provide a snapshot of marriages that on the surface appear wonderful. Well-drawn characters and tight narratives allow the reader to observe life beneath the facade and decide what constitutes forgiveness, family, and fidelity. Recommended for public libraries.
Robin Nesbitt, Columbus Metropolitan Lib., OH
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Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2003. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0747561354