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From the Publisher"Fascinating. . . . Would be an excellent addition to a course on the sociology of marriage, family or gender roles."
-Journal of Social History
"An intellectual and cultural history of modern marriage and divorce leavened with rich insights into married love and labor. Celello revises and refines the history of twentieth-century marriage to a story of experts successfully persuading couples that marriage requires work."
-The Journal of American History
"A lucid description of the rise and sociological impact of the concept that spouses must work hard to make their marriage work."
— Catholic News Service
"A lively history. . . . Accessible and enjoyable too."
— The Feminist Review
"Shrewd, lucid, and compelling, Making Marriage Workis a revelation. Celello shows how family sociologists and marriage counselors advanced an implicit ideology that virtually every marriage (regardless of its quality) was worth saving, that hard work can make almost any marriage successful, and that making marriage work was first and foremost women's responsibility. This book is a model of the kind of engaged history that can inform contemporary debates."
— Steven Mintz, Columbia University