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Ambivalence, a Love Story: Portrait of a Marriage

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Ambivalence, a Love Story is a deeply nuanced accounting in which two people come together to make a marriage work. Rarely has marriage and its compromises been so intimately portrayed, especially when tested by depression, unemployment, miscarriage and other realities of contemporary life. Whether inside the sterile out-placement offices for reengineered executives or tra ...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jul 08, 2010 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarah by: NPR
This book is beautifully written, but the author does run on in his naval gazing. Fortunately, it's a fairly short book.

The author is a man in love with, at the very least, language and literature. I was moved by his great emotion and the poetic way in which he told stories about his own father, growing up, being unemployed, falling in love with his wife, and the birth of his child. Until, of course, that I realized he and wife were yuppies. Then, I was impressed by how self-aware he was of his
Nov 20, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first memoir I've read that's packaged as a novel, though it's clearly about the author's life. This is a book about a man's ambivalence, especially toward his marriage, and for some reason I found this to be truly one of the most convincing love stories I've ever read. Maybe that's because he's completely honest about his relationships with people and things, and he makes it clear that though he's affected by challenges (unemployment, trying to have a baby, his wife's depressions, e ...more
Donatich explores his roles as son, lover, worker, husband, and father. He grapples with the concept of manhood by examining unemployment, religion, gender relations, the immigrant experience, the pursuit of identity through lifestyle, and family life. With openness and honesty, he shares the bittersweet feelings of a "middle-aged, married, mortgaged, and mortal" man to celebrate and define the book's title. Ambivalence--and a good relationship--means being of two minds; having moral strength, n ...more
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An expectant father reflects on his life with his wife.
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John Donatich is the director of the Yale University Press and the author of The Variations: A Novel and a memoir, Ambivalence: A Love Story. His writing has appeared in Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly and The Village Voice.
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