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by Anne Taylor Fleming

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ISBN:
074756809X
Author:
Anne Taylor Fleming
Category:
Contemporary
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (February 2, 2004)
Pages:
192 pages
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Anne Taylor Fleming tells two different stories dealing with relationship between husband and wife. The first novella, "A Married Woman," features Caroline. She's a devoted wife and mother sitting by her husband's hospital bed day after day where he lays in a coma

Anne Taylor Fleming tells two different stories dealing with relationship between husband and wife. She's a devoted wife and mother sitting by her husband's hospital bed day after day where he lays in a coma. She is forced to remember how wonderful their marriage started out and how in love they were. But she's also forced to take good, hard look at what their relationship developed into and must deal with the emotional turmoil that his infidelities with a younger woman left her with.

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Marriage : a duet : two novellas. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books.

this duet is worth contemplating. this duet is worth contemplating. Philadelphia Inquirer) In the first novella, A Married Woman, Caroline Betts keeps a careful vigil over her husband's deathbed. For 40 years, she had been a devoted wife. But during one awful moment in their otherwise good marriage, her husband William was in love with someone else.

MARRIAGE: A DUET is her first work of fiction. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, journalist Karl Fleming. Learn about new offers and get more deals by joining our newsletter.

Anne Taylor Fleming’s witty and captivating portrait of spouses in crisis challenges the ways we look at marriage today. Question about the book Ask. Tell a friend Recommend book. 39,00 zł.

Her previous non-fiction book, Motherhood Deferred: A Woman’s Journey, is a passionate exploration of the choices made by women of her baby boom generation. For her TV essays Fleming received a 2006 Gracie Allen award given by the American Women in Radio and Television. Marriage: A Duet is a pair of novellas about infidelity, bringing into sharp focus the complications and consequences created by spouses who-despite their genuine bonds of love-are unfaithful.

Marriage: A Duet by Anne Taylor Fleming. Good times, bad times, rays of hope, facets of love in a marriage are all vividly portrayed by author Anne Taylor Fleming in both novellas. Fleming develops characters who have depth and in doing so clearly portrays the pain, anguish, truth, and compassion that can accompany marital infidelity.

Ann Geraldine Mary Fleming (née Charteris, 19 June 1913 – 12 July 1981), previously known as Lady O'Neill and Viscountess Rothermere, was a British socialite. She married firstly Lord O'Neill, secondly Lord Rothermere, and finally the writer Ian Fleming. She also had affairs with the Labour Party politicians Roy Jenkins and Hugh Gaitskell. Fleming was born to Frances Lucy Tennant (1887–1925) and Captain Guy Lawrence Charteris (1886–1967) in Westminster, London on 19 June 1913.

How is a woman supposed to act at the bedside of her husband in a coma? Caroline's son points out that dyeing her hair, right there in the hospital, is a weird choice. Caroline is also re-living the one perilous point in her marriage, when it seemed possible her husband might defect - to a beautiful friend of their daughter's. Mediocre marriages weren't in such jeopardy. Meanwhile, in the age of the uncommitted male, David Sanderson's wife has been unfaithful and he minds like hell. Counsellors offer him workshops, Prozac and Viagra. His wife offers slinky undies instead of the cotton ones he loves. Why won't anyone accept that he's not depressed...he's heartbroken? Anne Taylor Fleming's witty and captivating portrait of spouses in crisis challenges the ways we look at marriage today.
  • Vertokini
I really enjoyed these two novellas. The writing was EXCELLENT; and I was drawn way in to the characters, developing significant empathy for them after just a few pages. Fleming did a great job of humanizing the people involved, showing the complexity inherent in our selves and in our relationships. These are stories with no plot - just exploration of a situation and the people involved. I am hoping to read more from her!
  • Fearlessdweller
Marriage, A Duet is two novellas linked by a common thread, grief over adultery. The stories examine infidelity and the ultimate consequences it has on a marriage. One is told from the perspective of a woman and the other from a man. A Married Woman...After 40 years of marriage it has come down to Caroline Betts keeping a careful vigil over her husband's deathbed. And at each occurence of the rising and setting of the sun she relives moments of their marriage. Caroline loves her husband and has some wonderful memories, but what she remembers most is when her husband of then 25 years, fell in love and consummated that love with a younger woman. Caroline is not a talker, so she deals with the betrayal primarily in her own head and we are only privy to her calm icy thoughts about the affair, her husband's voice is not shared with readers. This story is packed with domestic details and hard truths as Ms. Fleming gives readers a combination of sorrow and residual anger along with flashes of relief and optimism. A Married Man...In the second novella David and Marcia Sanderson are trying to put their relationship back together after her liaison with one of David's clients. His anger forces him into a perverse near-madness state because he externalizes his grief over his wife's betrayal, he'd always felt his marriage and his wife were just one baby step short of perfection. A distraught David wonders why the truth is so valuable, if it would have been better if she had just not told him, or if she'd lied to him instead. The writer introduces self-help groups and the use of pharmacology to help their marriage, but when none of this removes his bitterness, David resolves "no more groups, no more pills, and no more shrinks". He will try to put things together himself, but is his love real enough to forgive, and will there be a happy ending to this marriage? First time novelist Anne Taylor Fleming, a nationally recognized journalist, has written stories that are illuminating and almost unbearably human. They are packed with marital issues that put our senses on alert about the least understood of all human endeavors: staying happily married. These stories make for excellent studies. Reviewed by aNN Brown
  • Defolosk
Anne Taylor Fleming tells two different stories dealing with relationship between husband and wife. The first novella, "A Married Woman," features Caroline. She's a devoted wife and mother sitting by her husband's hospital bed day after day where he lays in a coma.
She is forced to remember how wonderful their marriage started out and how in love they were. But she's also forced to take good, hard look at what their relationship developed into and must deal with the emotional turmoil that his infidelities with a younger woman left her with. Caroline must face the reality of the ups and downs of the life spent together and with the reality of spending the rest of her life without him.
The second novella, "A Married Man," showcases the life of David a loving husband, father and successful businessman who is dealing with the betrayal of his wife, Marcia. His life is turned upside down emotionally due to his wife's one night romp through the sheets with another man.
Marcia doesn't try to hide it from him and claims it was just a one time thing she never meant to do. Now she wants to try and mend their battered relationship by going to counseling.
Much of the story takes place in a marriage counselor's office where David's mind wanders throughout the sessions to better times. Times when they were happy and loving towards each other.
He begins to doubt they will ever be able to get that back and doesn't know if he'll ever be able to forgive and forget. He must decide if what they had is worth a second try.
  • Zymbl
These two absorbing novellas each revolve around an act of infidelity by one spouse, and the reactions of the other. In the first one, "A Married Woman," a wronged wife struggles silently to keep her marriage together after her husband falls seriously in love with one of their daughter's friends. In the second, "A Married Man," a husband struggles noisily to forgive his wife her single, casual indiscretion, which she unwisely confessed to him. In the second novella, the wife's efforts to win back her husband seem quite a bit over the top, but otherwise this exploration of festering hurt and unforgiving anger on the part of the husband rings very true. Some people really do enjoy being angry and unforgiving, and as a reader I had no trouble relating to that, since I cannot understand how any spouse can ever, under any circumstances, forgive even the most casual infidelity. To me, it would be grounds for immediate divorce, but evidently many people find the condition of marriage so deeply satisfying-- they NEED it so much-- that they are willing to put up with anything in order to keep the marriage intact, in no matter how sadly altered a form. Fleming helps the reader understand the thinking of those marriage-needers, and for this reader, that was no small achievement.