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Accidents of Marriage: A Novel Paperback – June 9, 2015
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"This novel's unsparing look at emotional abuse and its devastating consequences gives it gravity and bite, while a glimpse into a physically damaged mind both surprises and fascinates." (People)
“Meyers’ novel explores how destructive emotional abuse by itself can be. . . [and] deftly deploys a large cast of major and minor characters in telling this complex story. Her painstaking description of both emotional abuse and brain injury are impressive. Accidents of Marriage isn’t for anyone who insists on happy endings, but it rewards readers in deeply satisfying ways. A complex, captivating tale.” (Boston Globe)
“Meyers puts a Boston family overwhelmed by a tragic accident under the literary microscope. Meyers, who has a background working with victims of domestic violence, examines the effects anger and violence can have on family members, as well as the courage that can be born from a new perspective and the lack of happily-ever-after in these real-life situations. The characters labor under intense pressure, and some crack while others rise to the challenge, giving Meyers’ tale both realism and a bittersweet quality that, in the hands of a lesser writer, could have ended up simply maudlin and contrived. Beautifully written, poignant and thought-provoking, this novel refuses to succumb to stereotypical reader expectations, making it even more memorable.” (Kirkus (starred review))
"Sensitively written." (Library Journal)
"Meyers is quickly taking her place among the ranks of women’s fiction authors who write big-issue novels that explore the inner lives of women in crisis without descending into melodrama or cliché. Readers who enjoy Barbara Delinsky, Amy Hatvany, and Jodi Picoult will want to add Meyers to their to-read list." (Booklist)
"A deft exploration of the borders of abuse and the aftermath of tragedy, the triumphs and disappointments of recovery, and the possibilities of faith and forgiveness." (Star Tribune)
"Meyers writes compellingly; Maddy’s recovery is detailed and wrenching, as are vivid portraits of the children’s reactions to their family’s turmoil." (Concord Monitor)
"Many books are an absolute pleasure to read, but slip straight from your mind. Accidents of Marriage is one of those rare novels that is both unputdownable and unforgettable. I just loved it, and I'll now read everything Randy Susan Meyers writes." (Liane Moriarty New York Times bestselling author of The Husband's Secret)
"Maddy and Ben have a complicated marriage. He’s got anger issues; she is messy and forgetful. One fateful morning these character traits clash – with devastating consequences. In this beautifully written novel, Randy Susan Meyers traces how the repercussions of a car accident expose fissures and long-held resentments from the past that force these characters to question everything. This is a wise and penetrating book.” (Christina Baker Kline #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train)
"An incredibly accomplished and satisfying read, with an important message." (Jane Green New York Times bestselling author of Tempting Fate)
"I read Accidents of Marriage in one day. Like Meyers' first two novels, this one—about a family paying a high price for rage and trying to reknit itself in the aftermath of the unthinkable—is compulsive reading. It's amazing how warm Meyers' writing is even as her stories grip you by the hand and don't let go." (Jenna Blum New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us)
"With the heart of a novelist and the tenacity of an investigative journalist, Meyers flawlessly depicts the evolution and consequences of emotional abuse. A master of perspective with an uncanny understanding of human nature, she has managed to make us empathize with every member of this damaged family. This is an important story, one I’ll be thinking about for a long time." (Brunonia Barry New York Times bestselling author of The Lace Reader)
"Randy Susan Meyers is a genius of the human heart, and Accidents of Marriage is a profound education on the complexities of love, imperfection, damage, and responsibility. You'll feel as though a magically insightful friend is sharing the behind-the-scenes secrets of a family you may well know. She tells it like it is. No sugar-coating here, only truth in all its compelling beauty and might." (Robin Black author of Life Drawing)
"Every marriage has its secret deals and compromises. In Accidents of Marriage, Randy Susan Meyers explores the vast complexity of this bond and lays out how passion, allegiance and love can go terribly wrong. She gives us characters we root for, even when they’re at odds, and she asks the questions:What is forgivable? When does a marriage become too broken to fix? With wisdom, humor and great compassion, Meyers answers in a story you won’t soon forget." (Ann Bauer The Forever Marriage)
"A bold and poignant look into the complicated, slippery world of what constitutes emotional abuse, Accidents of Marriage explores what happens when tragic circumstance forces one family to reexamine the dysfunctional dynamics that have long-defined them. Meyers deftly pulled me in to this story from the first page, tying me to its tender and fearless heartbeat, and didn't let me go until the extremely satisfying end." (Amy Hatvany author of Safe With Me)
"The intertwined traumas of emotional abuse and brain injury careen through every family member in this disturbing and deeply insightful story. Meyers captures the necessity and complexity of excavating the truth as the foundation of life moving forward." (Janet Cromer author of Professor Cromer Learns to Read: A Couple's New Life after Brain Injury)
About the Author
Randy Susan Meyers is the bestselling author of Accidents of Marriage, The Comfort of Lies, and The Murderer’s Daughters. Her books have twice been finalists for the Mass Book Award and named “Must Read Books” by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. She lives with her husband in Boston, where she teaches writing at the Grub Street Writers’ Center.
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Randy Susan Myers
My " in a nutshell" summary...
Maddy and Ben are in a car accident. Maddy is seriously injured. This book is the story of their past life and how they are dealing with their new life....
My thoughts after reading this book...
Sometimes when I read a book with intense family drama...I yearn for a happy ending...in this case...I wanted Maddy to have a happy ending...I could care less about her husband Ben!
Let me back track. Maddy and Ben live a busy life...she is a social worker...he is an attorney...they have three children...Emma, Gracie, and Caleb...Emma is fourteen and the oldest. Maddy's life with Ben has been one where she soothes. He doesn't hit but he is always mad. He throws things. He punches countertops...his ego is huge! Ben is incredibly unpredictable with his emotions. Maddy never knows what will set him off...and what infuriates him one day won't even bother him another day. So...she is tense all of the time...and has stashes of pills hidden around the house to help her take the edge off. Ben is not the husband of my dreams...that's for sure. He doesn't care if Maddy is stranded or the kids either...he mostly just thinks about himself.
The turning point in this book is when Ben reluctantly agrees to help Maddy and rain, his ego and road rage cause a horrific accident...Maddy is the only one seriously hurt...brain injured...coma...devastation. Ben doesn't really want anyone to know that he is the reason for her injuries. He is devastated...of course...but not really changed.
What I loved about this book...
As sad as she was...I loved Emma. She was fourteen and just wanted her life back.
What I did not love about this book...
I hated all of the time that Maddy spent worrying about Ben...he truly was not worth it.
This book was such an insightful look at what a severe brain injury does to a person. Add to that almost every bit of dysfunction that could happen to a family...we went from bed wetting to throwing things. This book is truly...well truly...sort of spellbinding. I had strong feelings for every character...and there were tons of characters...Ben's parents, work friends, Maddy's parents, other friends, doctors, nurses, and more! It was painful to read about Maddy's memory issues...her struggle to be the person she used to be. This book was irresistible to me! I literally read it in a day...it was impossible to put it down.
Thank you Amazon and NetGalley! I loved reading this on my Kindle Paperwhite!
Meyer's intensive work as a counselor in a court ordered program for men who abuse their partners gives a harsh and ,at times, humane, look at how far the ripples of abuse spread.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The very best thing about this audio book was the narrator. She did a convincing job with the voice of a woman with a head injury.
But needed more to conclude maybe the author is planning a second book I don't know