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"Vow is brilliant from both a literary and a psychological perspective. It certainly takes emotional honesty to write with such candor about the drama and allure of one's personal adulterous experiences, but this book is more that simply honest -- it is also searingly well told. A tremendous achievement." - Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love and Committed
"Crack open Vow and prepare to be quickly carried away by Plump's vivid prose, so-close-you-can-hear-it voice, and suspenseful storytelling skills. You'll find yourself sneaking a page or two in the elevator, during a walk from point A to B, and trying to avoid drifting off to sleep so you can turn one more page... A thought-provoking, compelling read. The events, which Plump describes with amazing clarity and detail, are by turns gut-wrenching and addictive...The fact that such events are 'unimaginable' is one reason that I think every woman should read this memoir." - Redbook
“[A] jaw-droppingly frank but ultimately instructive post-mortem on [Plump’s] 18-year marriage…While literature has always taken adultery as one of its great themes...nonfiction books on the subject tend to be sanctimonious accounts of political or celebrity scandals... In addition to being strikingly well-written, what separates Vow from most personal accounts of adultery is Plump's forthrightness about her less-than-chaste record as a wife. It's rare to see infidelity portrayed in the round — from the perspective of both betrayer and betrayed…[A] gutsy, intelligent examination of vows and the tantalizing allure of the illicit.” - NPR.org
"[Plump's] memoir is like a conversation with a super-smart pal." - Ladies Home Journal
"Plump gradually reveals the degree of self-deception [these] two married people practiced over many years, as mismatched needs and gnawing mistrust fed their mutual appetite for risk, sex, and guilt... Plump manages in this frank memoir to fully capture her life --[as a] woman, wife, and mother who leaves nothing unexamined and has nothing left to lose." - Publishers Weekly
“Metaphors and similes and original descriptions can’t defend the reader against the sheer pain of broken vows. Wendy Plump creates a beautifully wrought word painting from which I, for one, came away with a new slant on ‘marital vows.’ Couples should read this book—and then write their own.” —Carly Simon
“Vow is so tender and sharp….This book is a real gift.” –Elizabeth Weil, author of No Cheating, No Dying
I enjoyed reading this book, written with a lot of wisdom gained from her experiences.
I have never read a book where someone was so busy making themselves feel better about their behavior than this author.
As she describes them, her affairs were intense but certainly not intimate, and she says that suited her.
Enough of the memoir already! Although the book is reasonably well written and held my attention, I found it self-indulgent and narcisstic in the extreme. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Martha K. DeSilva
Cheating carries such a stigma that I rather admire anyone willing to dissect it and advertise it. One point in Wendy Plump's favour is that she doesn't get too hung up on the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Suzanne
I like the author's writing style a lot, and the topic is interesting and very well done. When I first started it, though, I hated it, because it seemed the author expected us to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Marie
Reading this book was painful with the authors brutally honest insight and self examination of her experience. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Leana Hejny
Most of the stuff in this book is junk designed to be page fillers. The author cheated and confessed her adultery to her former husband now wants to use this book to get back on... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Busy Mom
Interesting story, but jumps around too much. The premise was good, some points riveting, in the end it was difficult to follow and I skimmed pages at times.Published 4 months ago by Rick Hammond
Wendy Plump threw open the doors of her deeply personal past and invited me in. She didn't have to, and frankly I'd have been ridiculously embarrassed to be caught even taking a... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Niki Tee
Plump is an amazing writer in the sense that she is brutally honest and is unafraid to be judged for her actions. She is unapologetic and factual about her affairs. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Carrissima
I heard about this book when the author was interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR. The interview was great so I bought the book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Emilie Beskar