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Listen to the Marriage by John Jay Osborn Jr.
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This book GRIPPED ME. When I started reading I just couldn’t put it down.
This book follows the marriage counseling sessions of two successful-on-paper adults as they navigate marriage and love post-betrayal. What I loved about this book was that it was all told through the marriage counselor’s perspective. Everything that “happened” in this book, happened through the eyes of Sandy, the therapist. What made this book so engaging to read, for me, was this interesting narrative tool that Sandy’s perspective held. On one hand, she was like the author of their story, redirecting where they went and how their relationship would develop. On the other hand, Sandy was simply the reader of their narrative and reading the novel was like getting to be in the head of somebody reading Steve and Gretchen’s story. I liked that we didn’t get a lot of Sandy’s background as we read. In fact, I wish we got even less. Rather, what I enjoyed most about this book was how well done the experimental narrative structure was and how it kept me invested in these characters. I wouldn’t have been so into the story if it was from Steve or Gretchen’s perspective, but Sandy’s position made it fascinating and had my brain circling with ideas about how much control we have over narratives/what kind of control author’s have over narratives. How much of themselves gets thrown into a book, even if they are trying to hold it back? How do narratives mix with complex human emotions and ideas? I think this book would actually be a really interesting read in a college course on narrative theory.
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Reading Progress

April 22, 2018 – Started Reading
April 22, 2018 – Shelved
May 3, 2018 – Finished Reading

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Elyse  Walters Great review


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