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Listen to the Marriage by John Jay Osborn Jr.
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3 1/2 stars

Gretchen and Steve are separating. He's had an affair. They have two children and are both successful in their demanding careers (he recently made partner, she just received tenure).

This book is unique in that it explores their marriage in crisis. Over 10 months, they are in counseling. The entire novel takes place in their counselor's office. It's brutal. It's honest. It's heartbreaking.

It was hard for me to connect with Gretchen and Steve in this format. I appreciated how each one of them shed their layers as they worked through their problems and attempted to figure out what their next steps were going to be. However, I didn't quite feel I got an accurate picture because I was reading about certain events after the fact and only getting what they wanted to reveal to their counselor. On the other hand, sometimes you could feel their pain as they processed betrayal from the other partner. I also appreciated that the author gave us glimpses into the thoughts of the counselor as well. She plays a huge role in the story as she pulls things from the characters that they might not want to reveal. All in all, this book is worth reading to get an honest glimpse as two people try to figure out what they want from their marriage and if it's worth saving. Thank you to NetGalley Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.
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2018 – Finished Reading
April 10, 2018 – Shelved

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