Young Wives' Tales: New Adventures in Love and Partnership

Young Wives' Tales: New Adventures in Love and Partnership

by Jill Corral
     
 

The term “wife” is fraught with conflicting connotations for many young women today. Although the word suggests companionship and commitment, it’s weighted with the knowledge that marriage is a male-dominated institution in which women have been subservient for centuries. In this provocative collection of essays, writers in their twenties and

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The term “wife” is fraught with conflicting connotations for many young women today. Although the word suggests companionship and commitment, it’s weighted with the knowledge that marriage is a male-dominated institution in which women have been subservient for centuries. In this provocative collection of essays, writers in their twenties and thirties discuss how they’re navigating the waters of sanctified long-term relationships. Juhu Thukral speaks of marrying to please her traditional Indian parents; Rachel Fudge wonders whether alternative ceremonies can lead to greater equality in marriage; Kate Epstein tries to balance motherhood with a career; Kristy Harcourt, a lesbian, discusses her ambivalence about marriage ceremonies; and Leslie Miller struggles with being identified as half of a couple.

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Library Journal
Organized by Corral, a freelance editor, and Miya-Jervis, editor and publisher of Bitch magazine, this anthology by Generation X women is both fascinating and provocative. It's also just an all-around good read, as the 30 pieces are uniformly well written, a welcome change from most anthologies. Straight and queer authors give intimate looks at their love lives, particularly their present (or just-past) long-term relationships. Topics range from how one woman ended up in a nine-year trilateral relationship that resulted in children to how an author is balancing her needs for privacy and intimacy. Topics in between include how to deal with lesbian weddings, straight weddings, balancing partners' ethnicity, having children, naming children, not having children, not getting married at all, and being a lesbian married to a gay man. A foreword by bell hooks rounds out this work, another entry in Seal Press's excellent "Live Girls" series, which focuses on marriage and intimacy from the perspectives of twenty- and thirtysomething women. Highly recommended for all collections. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580050500
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.68(d)

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