- Series: The World's Classics
- Paperback: 688 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press (April 27, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0192831461
- ISBN-13: 978-0192831460
- Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1.2 x 7.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 80 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,826,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Man and Wife (The World's Classics) Paperback – April 27, 1995
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Now the good: This book is a lot like 'Man and Boy.' It is the most riveting, yet real, book on relationships this 36-year-old divorced guy has ever read.
The relationships between me and my Dad, me and my Mum, and the new 'blended' families of ex- and step- fathers wives and girlfriends. There are some truly wonderful pages. It's a framework to measure yourself with, a metric to begin to ask questions about yourself with. I am never going to take 'The Grand Tour' of teenage lovers turning into newlyweds into babies and boys and retirement together and grand parenting. It is too late for me now. Instead it's Tony Parsons' world of wanting and understanding too late. Emotional guys trying to do right and somehow not getting there yet. The book aims deep inside and hits the target. Somewhere between the heart and the gut.
In 'Man And Wife', author Andrew Klavan takes us into the depths of a "perfect marriage". Fourteen years ago, Calvin Bradley married the wrong girl ... according to the "laws of nature". He'd been engaged to a girl who was his equal in every way until he met a waitress named Marie. She was everything "society" felt was wrong for an upcoming psychiatry star like Cal; uneducated, small-town, simple. But Cal marries Marie anyway, and has had what he considers the perfect life ever since. He's never looked back. Until now.
Dr. Calvin Bradley, a psychiatrist, is the president of the Highbury Family Mental Health Clinic, otherwise known as "The Manor". Along comes the enigmatic nineteen-year-old Peter Blue, brought in by mountainous Police Chief Orrin Hunnicut. Peter has beat up his girlfriend, set a church on fire, and raised a weapon directly at Hunnicut. All but Father Fairfax from one of the town's many churches want to see Peter put away. Fairfax talks Cal into meeting with the boy to see if he belonged at The Manor rather than jail. Peter Blue is a mystifying young man, who has his very own, uniquely intimate connection to God. He emits a very real spiritual aura. Cal decides to help him, and against Hunnicut's wishes places Peter in The Manor rather than jail, which Peter threatened to commit suicide in.
Then Cal finds his perfect life shattered in the blink of an eye. Following a dream Peter described to him, Cal hikes up a wooded trail to a clearing with a flat rock that looks like an alter and an unusual tree formation that forms the shape of a cross. From his vantage point, he looks down by the river and sees his wife in an intimate conversation with a strange, dark man. When he later questions Marie about it, she laughs off his jealously and assures him it wasn't her. But things are never the same after that. Cal can't figure out if Marie is lying or not, and begins to question the fact that in fourteen years of marriage, Marie has never talked about her past or her sleeping difficulties. Just how well does Cal know his wife anyway?
Cal eventually discovers the man's name is Lester Marshall, an ex-con new to Highbury. Cal not only suspects ties between Lester and Marie, but also Lester and Peter Blue. As the story unfolds, told in first-person by Cal, the more anxious Cal becomes to unravel the truth about his own life for the past fourteen years. Andrew Klavan has written a wonderful novel here, definitely the "psychological suspense" promised on the front cover. The prose is flowing, smooth, and intense. The dialogue natural and the characters very well fleshed-out. I couldn't put the book down, reading long into the night to finish it. Thank you Mr. Cannell for recommending this book. I, also, highly recommend it. I'm looking forward to reading more of Klavan's work. Enjoy!