Wife Material tells a story of religious abuse and sexual repression in the modern Church of Christ denomination, an American sect that forbids women speaking in services. Elizabeth Campbell's parents are violinists. Her father seems gay. Their church disallows musical instruments and homosexuality. Elizabeth succumbs to the twisted violence in her family and the pressure for early marriage at conservative Waltham University, the flagship Church-of-Christ college where suicides abound. Then, she escapes fundamentalism through a series of liberating sins.
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About the Author
Deborah Cox is a trauma psychologist in private practice. She grew up in the Southern U.S., in the Church of Christ denomination. Co-author of Women's Anger: Clinical and Developmental Perspectives (Brunner-Mazel, 1999), and The Anger Advantage (Broadway, 2003), Deborah's work has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Salon.com, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Prevention, Reuters Health, and many other venues. She lives in Springfield, Missouri, with her husband and son. This is her first novel. Read more at www.deborahlcox.com.
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Wife Material: A Novel of Misbehavior and Freedom based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Some in the 70s missed ERA and the end of Vietnam. Among them was Elizabeth Campbell, the heroine of Wife Material. Cocooned from the larger world of feminism and anti-government rallies, Elizabeth was well-prepared for domestic rather than political action. Growing up in a small town, attending the church-related Waltham Academy and then the college, moving to Texas and through marriage, divorce and professional development, Elizabeth finds her way in life’s journey. Although drawn from one person’s experiences in the Church of Christ, Deborah Cox’s autobiographical fiction speaks to many who came of age in conservative communities and church life. Readers of Wife Material will come alive with remembrances of the familiar--or with shock at the strange. Whichever it may be, their feelings should also include gratitude that Cox has rendered an account which needed to be told, with all its unsettling surprises about family, school and church; authority, marriage and independence; curiosity, wounds and caring. In short, Wife Material is about what it means to be human and living in the midst of challenging, overbearing, and sometimes abusive relationships. Cox tells the tale with neither anger nor shame—just poignant insights. Brava! Etta M. Madden, author of “Damanhur: Sustaining Changes in an Intentional Community,” in Spiritual and Visionary Communities: Out to Save the World (Ashgate 2013)
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