Listen to the Marriage

Listen to the Marriage

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"Gretchen and Steve have been married for a long time. Living in San Francisco, recently separated, with two children and demanding jobs, theyve started going to a marriage counselor. Unfolding over the course of ten months and taking place entirely in the marriage counselors office, John Jay Osborns Listen to the Marriage is the story of a fractured couple in a moment of crisis, and of the person who tries to get them to see each other again. A searing look at the obstacles we put in our own way, as well as the forces that drive us apart (and those that bring us together), Listen to the Marriage is a poignant exploration of marriage•heartbreaking and tender."
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: FICTION OSB
Characteristics: 246 p. ; 20 cm

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lighttoearth
May 11, 2019

I enjoyed this book a lot. The husband, Steve, responds to his wife's adultery by trying to learn more about her partner, which offends the wife's sense of "shoulds". The wife hides her feelings and makes statements that seem counter-intuitive and unconstructive. Yet the therapist treats these as human responses and helps the spouses understand each other and respond. Similarly nonjudgmental therapist responses give both partners room to change, grow, and develop a stronger relationship. For the therapist, the perspective of the marriage (as well as of each individual) also needs to be considered; eventually, the reader also starts to consider what the marriage would say. Written by a lawyer, the book offers a pragmatic, thoughtful, unique, and very readable view on how couples who have almost reached the point of divorce might mend.

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justahunch
Apr 26, 2019

A small, but rathering interesting take on a marriage falling apart, how both parties are responsible in some manner, how good people can or cannot change over time and whether this partnership in life will succeed I enjoyed the somewhat unusual venue of where this all takes place. Nothing great, but more interesting than one would think.

multcolib_karene Nov 14, 2018

An interesting approach to telling a story of a marriage. Not great but I was drawn into the story and zipped through it quickly.

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