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Marriage: A Duet

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Now available in paperback: "Eloquent and earthy . . . this duet is worth contemplating." (Philadelphia Inquirer)In the first novella, A Married Woman, Caroline Betts keeps a careful vigil over her husband's deathbed. For 40 years, she had been a devoted wife. But during one awful moment in their otherwise good marriage, her husband William was in love with someone else. A ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 28th 2004 by Hyperion (first published January 8th 2003)
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Emir Never
In one novella, A Married Woman, Caroline, the wife, looks after her dying husband, William, whose life depends on medicines and the ventilator tube taped on his mouth. As he lies in the hospital bed, Caroline recalls their times together-- happy, great times, until he, almost imperceptibly, drifted to infidelity. There are the children: Kate, who works as a lawyer and is almost always busy but almost always finds time for Wills (as Kate fondly calls her also lawyer Dad); and Steven, who looks a ...more
This book begs for a quote from the movie The English Patient, ""Betrayals in war are childlike compared with our betrayals during peace. New lovers are nervous and tender, but smash everything. For the heart is an organ of fire." This book of two novellas has that theme: betrayals. In the
first one, I ached with the main character as she waded through the minefields women can experience in marriage, in even seemingly perfect marriages. I mourned with her the lost opportunities and moments of the
I came to this book via the author's husband's praise in his memoir. It's two novellas, one on a older woman at her dying husband's bedside; one on a younger woman and her husband after the younger woman mildly cheated on him. Both novellas read/felt autobiographical - though the first in a weird way in that the older woman, from whose view the story is written, has been worrying obsessively about her husband's involvement with a younger woman, and in real life the author was a younger woman for ...more
Jacq Jardin
marital infidelity. shattered trust. pride. healing. recovery.

I loved everything about this book. From the elegant way it is written, to the gradual build up of events, to the realistic portrayal of the characters, to the endings that tug at the corner of the reader's heart (the book is composed of two novellas). Anne Fleming is one gifted writer.

"And if you were married the way she was, right to the nerve endings, you lived, she saw now, in particular peril. That was the joke. Mediocre marria
Two novellas about infidelity in "happy" marriages - one about a woman, the other about a man. Both dig deep into the core of how each of these characters fights to find a way up to the surface after being plunged into the deep, murky waters of a beloved spouse's betrayal. Detail, psychologically astute. A wonderful read.
Two novellas. Both deal with spousal betrayal, one by the husband and the other by the wife. Very interesing comparing the methods the characters use to deal with the hurt. Characters are very believable. This evoked a ton of discussion in our book club.
Wasn't at all what I expected...just randomly grabbed it off the shelf like I said I should try to do sometime. Ended up being a fast and interesting read. Probably an odd choice to take on a 5-year anniversary trip though!
Ayelet Waldman
This was on of my favorite books of this list. She's a stupendous writer. If infidelity scares you as much as it does me, you should read this. And if it doesn't, you should read it, too, to see why it should.

Does marriage capable to be a sacred, shiny unit these days? If you think so, don't read this book as it explores the opposite by introducing 2 marriages that were failed, due to infidelity.
It's okay. Both have great elements, but some parts left me shaking my head. I'd suggest this for people who are married or who have gone through a divorce.
another one i'd read when it first came out and then really enjoyed rereading. infidelity and the reaction to it never gets old!
Christina Wilder
Extremely well-written, but horribly depressing. Still worth a read for those who want to tough it out.
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