The Forever Marriage: A novel

The Forever Marriage: A novel

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by Ann Bauer
     
 

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Carmen wishes Jobe, the husband she never loved, dead—only to fall in love with him after he is gone.
As she helps her three children grieve, she discovers, after a tryst with her most recent lover, that her own life may be in danger. Her emotions reeling, Carmen reflects on the fateful days of her youth that made her the person she has become:

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Carmen wishes Jobe, the husband she never loved, dead—only to fall in love with him after he is gone.
As she helps her three children grieve, she discovers, after a tryst with her most recent lover, that her own life may be in danger. Her emotions reeling, Carmen reflects on the fateful days of her youth that made her the person she has become: privileged suburban wife, unfaithful widow, mother of a child with Down syndrome, fierce friend.
The Forever Marriage is a compelling examination of a relationship and of a woman facing up to her imperfect past. It merits comparison to the best work of Anne Tyler, Elizabeth Berg, and Alice Sebold.

Editorial Reviews

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"Funny, surprising and gratifyingly honest, this novel poses unsparing questions about love and betrayal and the reasons we make the choices we do." —MORE magazine

"With lovely prose and fine pacing, Bauer offers a sensitive portrait of a flawed woman coming to terms with a lifetime of regrets." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Bauer and The Forever Marriage poignantly and powerfully illustrate the great and often tragic ironies of life." —Minneapolis Star Tribune

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781468306323
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
05/07/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher

"Funny, surprising and gratifyingly honest, this novel poses unsparing questions about love and betrayal and the reasons we make the choices we do." —MORE magazine

"With lovely prose and fine pacing, Bauer offers a sensitive portrait of a flawed woman coming to terms with a lifetime of regrets." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Bauer and The Forever Marriage poignantly and powerfully illustrate the great and often tragic ironies of life." —Minneapolis Star Tribune

Meet the Author

Ann Bauer is author of two previous novels, The Forever Marriage and A Wild Ride Up the Cupboards, and co-author of the culinary memoir, Damn Good Food. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Elle. She lives in Minneapolis.

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The Forever Marriage 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
BornWicked More than 1 year ago
A long wait since her first book, A Wild Ride up the Cupboards, but worth absolutely every moment I have waited. A can't put down book and my pick of the year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main character in this book is so unlikeable I couldn't even read half this book. She has several affairs while she is married to a man that she never really loved. She continues an affair while he is dying of cancer. After he dies she is diagnosed with cancer. The reader suffers through her condition and practically in the same sentence she sexually describes another trist she has with her lover. Gross! This book plays out more like a crappy soap opera than as described as a forever marriage. Her parenting skills lack as well. Boring horrible book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this and did not see the twist coming so quickly to the self absorbed main character. Hope to see more from this author.
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