The Forever Marriageby Ann Bauer
"Phenomenal" (Garrison Keillor) storyteller Ann Bauer brings to life the tale of one faithless widow. 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. Heremotions reeling,/p>… See more details below
"Phenomenal" (Garrison Keillor) storyteller Ann Bauer brings to life the tale of one faithless widow. 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. Heremotions 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 at its heart a mystery, and the mystery is what, exactly, the nature of Carmen and Jobe's marriage might have been. Page-turning and irreverent, The Forever Marriage is a compelling examination of a relationship and of a woman facing up to her imperfect past. It meritscomparison to the best work of Anne Tyler, Elizabeth Berg, and Alice Sebold.
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Ann Bauer is author of two 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, Elle, Redbook, and The Sun. From 2006 to 2010, she was a regular contributor to Salon. She splits her time between Minneapolis and Boston.
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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.
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.
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.