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What Love Becomes traces the intimate landscape of two contemporary marriages from their idealistic, yet misguided beginnings. Each couple mistakenly believe their happily ever after will come without really knowing who've they've married. What begins as self-deception quickly morphs into deception on a larger scale. At its heart, this story is about the choices we make, h ...more
Paperback, 428 pages
Published February 7th 2019 by Adelaide Books
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Alicia
Sep 29, 2019 rated it liked it
With complicated lives and even more complicated internal turmoil, couples come together and fall apart and come together again. The intricacy of familial and personal baggage play out in this novel written by a previously local author to our area.

What it does best is showcase the perspective of people going through hell that have to keep going. Feeling the thoughts and emotions as Denny and Willow and Blake and Jillian marry and struggle then find another is part of the cracking of relationshi
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Sue Johnson
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What Love Becomes is spellbinding. I couldn't put it down. Brilliant character development. The
underlying psychology is flawless and unstintingly thorough, which I appreciate. These people are so real, their intertwinings are utterly convincing, their connections plausible. Puts me in mind of Iris Murdoch and Doris Lessing.

Once Tramantano has captivated you with her story telling, she compels you to pay attention to humanity's foibles. Her marvelous writing is stunningly insightful. Perceptive l
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Maura
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
This is certainly an absorbing book that pulls you in emotionally. It's centered around three couples who could be any of us in our ordinary lives, showing how the choices they make early on play out over time. The author has done a good job at creating very realistic characters and situations and the writing flows well. My only quibble is the time jumping in the middle section among the various characters' back stories which made it hard for me to follow what was happening to who and when (alth ...more
Leah Rachel
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down (as you can see, I read it in four days)! A beautiful, detailed exploration of love, marriage, and family, and how each is affected by trauma, loss, and regret. The characters in these interwoven stories are all deeply flawed and trapped in unhappy marriages, yet somehow the story manages to be uplifting.
Robin N
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. An intriguing story of the lives of two couples and what becomes of their once happy and loving relationships. Interesting that the partner in each who was the least interested in the marriage tried the hardest in the end!
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Jan Marin Tramontano is a poet and novelist. She wrote three poetry chapbooks, Woman Sitting in a Café and other poems of Paris, Floating Islands: New and Collected Poems, and Paternal Nocturne.

What Love Becomes, published by Adelaide Books in 2019, is a novel about the choices we make, how they shape our lives, and how our innate resilience propels us toward reclaiming the lost parts of ourselves
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