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Cleaving: The Story of a Marriage

3.25  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  7 reviews
"Marriage is like a rain forest," Vicki Covington writes in Cleaving. "The story of a marriage contains all that grows in the canopy, all that is visible from an aerial, or public, view. The understory of a marriage is the place where . . . we struggle, fight, and conceive. It's the place where compost is made, where anything can grow, including forgiveness." Told in the a ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 8th 2000 by North Point Press (first published 1999)
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Natalie Chanin
Aug 04, 2007 rated it liked it
just could not stand up to "salvation"... ...more
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: biographies
A couple tell the story of their marriage. Its well-written, but not necessarily hopeful or suggestive of the diligence necessary to keep one's vows.

There is a sadness in it, especially since the marriage does not last.
Apr 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This book is so intimate that I found it embarrassing to read. The Covingtons take turns telling the story of their marriage, which includes drug abuse, adultery, and horrible emotional scenes -- but also enduring love. They keep referring to a mission to dig wells in Central America as a metaphor for redemption and faith, and that was in some ways less compelling to me, the way that hearing about other people's good works tends to be.

They both write extremely well, but I came away not sure whe
Apr 19, 2008 marked it as to-read
One of my favorite words in the English language is "cleave". Why is it super cool? Because it has two simultaneously opposite meanings! It's the only word in the English language to do so, I believe. "Cleave" can mean either "to slice apart", or "to hold tightly together". Apparently their marriage experienced both, and so it's a little play on words. I really like this author, and I'm just half way into my first book of his so far.

Also, it sounds like his marriage was really rocky and dysfunct
Maria (Ri)
Jan 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
Didn't really like the way this couple dealt with each other. My husband and I try to have much more respect and commitment to each other than was seen here. I also wonder how this book has affected their daughters... ...more
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Oct 01, 2009 rated it did not like it
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Crappy, pseudo-intellectual writing by aging hippies that seems to be going for shock value - not sure if I'm going to continue reading this. ...more
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