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.
|Publisher:||The Overlook Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.