Keeping Misery Company

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Ruth Wilcox has her hands full trying to cope with mounting marital problems and the changes her body is going through. When her husband seeks solace in the arms of his young mistress, Ruth is forced to face his secret betrayal and decide whether to forgive.
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Ruth Wilcox has her hands full trying to cope with mounting marital problems and the changes her body is going through. When her husband seeks solace in the arms of his young mistress, Ruth is forced to face his secret betrayal and decide whether to forgive.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781601629487
  • Publisher: Urban Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2007
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,439,681
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2008

    Lessons learned

    Daniel & Ruth Wilcox have not been happy in their marriage for quite some time. Even though their relationship looks bleak, Ruth, the ever dutiful wife, is not ready to give up on their marriage just yet. But Ruth¿s effort to hold on appears to be all for naught, for Daniel has moved into a separate bedroom and is having an affair with a much younger woman. And if that isn¿t enough, Ruth finds herself having to come to terms with the devastation that results from several other secrets involving other members of her family that unexpectedly come to light. I am a huge fan of Christian fiction and when I read them, I expect to be inspired, uplifted and motivated to look deep within myself for areas that I need to work on as I strive to live a life that is as holy, pure and blameless as I can manage. Keeping Misery Company, an average read for me, didn¿t quite live up to my expectations. The storyline was not original and there were numerous editing errors that detracted from the story. However, the characters were believable, and I found myself identifying in some ways with Ruth, as well as sympathizing with her and with the problems she faced in marriage and life in general. But what impressed me the most about this novel was Ms. Larks¿ ability to convey that while we all have freedom of choice, we must also remember that with those choices comes consequences and repercussions. God¿s word is true and when He says that we will all reap what we sow, believe it! Renee Williams, All the Buzz

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2008

    Keeping Misery Company- The Review

    Keeping Misery Company by Michelle Larks Keeping Misery Company moved very slowing, making it very difficult to get into the book. The story line was okay and the characters were mildly interesting. The book was too wordy and the characters¿ thoughts and actions were over explained. The background of the characters were delivered in brief paragraphs and then forgotten. I would have like to discover their pasts little by little instead of seeing their background stories mentioned in a fading memory. Larks should trust her readers to follow along with the story she¿s trying to develop. It would¿ve been a more interesting read if Larks took some leaps and let her readers use their imagination. I was interested in seeing how the book ended, as the story unfolded at a quicker pace in the last few pages. However, I can¿t say I¿d read this book again, nor could I say I¿d recommend this book to anyone. ~KLF Literary Lovers Book Club

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2008

    Keeping family secrets make you misery.

    I total recommend this book. My son and I both read this book together, I would read several chapters and he will resume several chapters. After reading we both set down to discuss. This book is true to several christain family lives. So many family secrets came out and we all know that most christain families keep secrets. Ruth character was a strong woman who wanted her family and friends to be close. I think that the author did a great job in creating Ruth. I truly believe that it should be a part 2 of the story to continue with Ruth and the writer should write out Lenora role. Lenora is a woman of no shame and no remorse. Lenora is a woman who do not care who feelings she hurts. My son and I can relate this book to several of our friends in the church.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2007

    Keeping Karma Company

    Imagine this: A man and woman have been married for thirty-five years. They have three beautiful children, even more adorable grandchildren, successful jobs, supportive friends, and an extended family network that helps them weather every storm. Their life couldn¿t be any more perfect, right¿? All of a sudden, skeletons start coming out of the closet like it¿s Halloween: surreptitious affairs come to light, decades-old simmering grudges begin to heat to the point of explosion, and even the paternity of one of their three kids gets called into question¿ You¿d think that things like this only happen to people on Jerry Springer: low-class, amoral pleasure-seekers looking out only for themselves who couldn¿t care less about love and forgiveness and don¿t give a second thought to going to church on Sunday, right...? Wrong. Meet the Wilcox family: husband & wife Daniel & Ruth, and their three children DJ, Sarah, and Naomi, all avid church goers - even heirs to the throne of one of the largest, most influential churches in the greater Chicago area...for those who think that Christians are somehow above the day-to-day drama that we all tend to face, Keeping Misery Company is sure to change your mind. What¿s most impressive about Larks¿s tale, though, is the humanistic light in which all its characters are presented. There are no exaggerated demonizations here only realistic portrayals of how we truly become the products of our own choices, living examples of cause-and-effect. Rather than simply being written off as a heartless, duplicitous cheater, Daniel evokes sympathy - and even some empathy - from readers who can relate to his abandonment by a wife who devotes more time and energy to pleasing her church than her man. Likewise, Ruth could easily be seen as a frigid pseudo-homemaker were it not for a deeper understanding of the prolonged restrictions of her upbringing. Larks¿s deft, sensitive presentation of her characters as well-rounded, flawed individuals makes it more likely that we¿ll see our own lives reflected in theirs as opposed to pointing a judgmental finger in their direction. Which, of course, leads to the greatest lesson of Keeping Misery Company: the inescapable consequences of karma. Given the fact that we are products of our own choices, we must in turn accept responsibility for the choices that we make - no matter how painful that responsibility may be. Larks shows this immutable fact in a number of ways: from the agonizing, AIDS-related death of Ruth¿s brother, Ezra, to the disownment of Daniel by his own kids, even to the surprise fate that awaits Daniel himself, coupled with the question that he should have asked himself long before... Keeping Misery Company is a refreshing addition to the Christian fiction genre, one that should be welcomed for both its raw candor and unflinching honesty. Mostly, though, it is a humbling reminder of the common humanity that unites us all, reflected most poignantly in these profound words from Naomi, the babe of the Wilcox clan: ¿I always thought our family was perfect, especially because Bishop and our forefathers are I¿m finding out that we¿re no better than anybody else.¿

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2007

    Umbrella with Holes

    ¿Umbrella with Holes¿ Who would¿ve ever guessed that Queen Esther and Bishop, heads of the prominent Clayton first-family, were hiding such deep familial secrets? Living publicly as the ¿perfect family,¿ over a period of time, their children Ruth and Ezra learn that being birthed into a first family does not necessarily guarantee ¿a covering¿ from everyday, worldly goings-on. Ruth soon discovers that the imaginary protective covering she had was due to an ¿at all costs¿ facade imposed by none other than her mother, Queen Esther, the only daughter of a prominent Chicago minister. The family pastoral legacy did not prepare Ruth and her brother Ezra for the emotional hurt and sometimes, physical trauma experienced as members of the Clayton first family. Keeping up appearances was Queen Esther¿s primary concern. Turning her back on her son due to his indiscretions and coercing her granddaughter to cover a dark secret, Queen learns later in life how her impositions have hurt her family, gravely, including her own husband. Both Ruth and Ezra lean on each other to miraculously bring the Clayton family full circle based on basic premises of God¿s word ¿ compassion, truth and forgiveness. Readers will experience how one family overcomes the odds of falling apart having been faced with issues such as premarital sex, adoption, AIDS, false accusations, non-communication and extramarital affairs. Characters are appropriately developed and the plot offers several twists and turns, offering true-to-life scenarios. Readers will find themselves feeling the characters emotions, engulfed in the story and yearning to know how things turn out for the Clayton family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2007

    A reviewer

    Keeping Misery Company is an intriguing tale of love, loss, forgiveness, and disappointment. The main character, Ruth, is faced with the horror of divorce after nearly thirty five years of marriage. To add insult to injury, her foolish husband takes up with a young sex kitten. Trying to hold her head up and seek comfort in her faith in God, Ruth tries to focus on other things like taking care of her mortally ill brother, an emotionally turbulent daughter/granddaughter, and an over bearing mother. Larks¿ characters are real and very easy to relate too. I felt as if I knew these people personally and felt myself feeling their emotions. Ruth evoked instant empathy as her husband Daniel evoked instant pity. The Bishop was a man after God¿s on heart and Ruth¿s best friend Alice was a pillar of unending support. I was pleasantly entertained by Larks¿ intricate and clean cut story telling abilities. I sincerely loved this book from start to finish.

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