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The Husbands and Wives Club: A Year in the Life of a Couples Therapy Group Kindle Edition
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For more than a year, journalist Laurie Abraham sat in with five troubled couples as they underwent the searing process of group marriage therapy. Published as The New York Times Magazine’s cover story "Can This Marriage Be Saved?" the resulting article generated intense reader response and received the Award for Excellence in Journalism from the American Psychoanalytic Association. Though the article allowed Abraham to focus on only one couple, this book, which grew out of it and the reaction it inspired, tells the moving, fascinating story of all five.
The couples: Can Leigh and Aaron find the intimacy their marriage lacks; will Bella and Joe resolve the imbalance of power that threatens to topple their marriage; are Sue Ellen and Mark as ideal as they seem; what happened to Rachael that Michael cannot acknowledge; and do Marie and Clem, with the help of therapist Judith Coché, come back from the brink of divorce?
With the dexterity of a novelist, Abraham recounts the travails, triumphs, and reversals that beset the five couples. They work with their therapist—and each other—to find out whether they can rediscover the satisfaction in marriage that they once had. At times wrenching, at times inspiring, the sessions bring out the long-hidden resentments, misunderstandings, unmet desires, and unspoken needs that bedevil any imperiled couple. At the same time, these encounters provide road maps to reconciliation and revival that can be used by anyone in a relationship. Along the way, the author draws on her explorations of literature and
Freudian theory, modern science, and today’s cutting-edge research to decode the patterns and habits that suggest whether a troubled marriage will survive or die. Both an important look at the state of marital dysfunction and a reaffirmation of the enduring bonds of love, The Husbands and Wives Club is an extraordinary year in the life of the American marriage.
“That rare work of fiction that reads like a really good novel—it’s rich in character, drama, and emotional suspense.” —Tom Perrotta, New York Times bestselling author of Little Children
“Abraham bandies about a dizzying assortment of competing therapeutic philosophers and distills their approaches with aplomb.” —The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Laural Merlington is an audiobook narrator with over two hundred titles to her credit and a winner of multiple Earphones Awards. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks. She has performed and directed for thirty years in theaters throughout the country. In addition to her extensive theater and voice-over work, she teaches college in her home state of Michigan.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B0038N8S3W
- Publisher : Touchstone; Reprint edition (February 17, 2010)
- Publication date : February 17, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 1042 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 309 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #924,139 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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If your marriage has been thru ups and downs - and come on, who's hasn't - this is a really useful book. Buy it. You will learn something and so will your spouse.
The trouble for me is that the people being considered this minutely don't hold my attention. It goes like this: What the therapist said. What the husband said. What the therapist said. What the wife said. What someone else in the group said. Occasionally, the woman writing the book inserts what she thought or felt or said. The couples parts of the book are simply the back and forth of therapy. It is something like the first season of "In Treatment," without the masterfully crafted dialog. I thought the conflict between a determined career woman and her angry, less successful husband was sad, but a little easy to predict. The conflict between an emotionally manipulative woman who resented her husband to the point of seething, and her hapless husband who hid a huge void of sexual longing under a mountain of passive aggression, well, this couple got old really, really fast. In truth, the only couple in the book that interested me deeply had a happy marriage. I found their personal histories, what brought them in, and how they interacted to be profoundly interesting.
I guess the book, like the group, is a mixed thing. If you are in the process of sorting through your own marital situation or healing from a divorce, I have a feeling this book would speak to you more than it spoke to me, so please keep that in mind when considering my reaction.