Why Im Still Married by Karen Propp, Jean Trounstine

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  • Original Book Title: Why Im Still Married
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  • ISBN : 9788184985320
  • Edition : 1
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  • Pages : 318
  • Language : English
  • Category : Non-Fiction
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"Writing with astonishing honesty and refreshing clarity, the 24 authors in this revelatory collection offer readers the unusual pleasure of looking inside other people`s marriages to see what we can find there, emerging with signposts and warnings, enlightenment and benediction." xCarolyn Parkhurst, author of DOGS OF BABEL "This book charts the vicissitudes of marriage with an honesty that is rarely brought to a topic as private as this. To read it is to enlarge one`s sense of what is possible in long term love. WHY I`M STILL MARRIED is hopeful, provocative, challenging, and always eloquent." xLauren Slater, author of PROZAC DIARY "Enduring marriages, it has been said, operate on rules known only to the partners. In this groundbreaking collection, 24 generous and honest women reveal secret truths about the ground rules of their most intimate interactions. You will be amazed at what you learn about your own experience." xSuzanne Braun Levine, author of INVENTING THE REST OF OUR LIVES: Women in Second Adulthood "This risky, quirky, fromtheheart collection explores some of the reasons why so many of us, still, choose to live with the everevolving social structure known as marriage. WHY I`M STILL MARRIED should be required reading for anyone considering–or actively living–the plunge." xA. Manette Ansay, author of MIDNIGHT CHAMPAGNE and VINEGAR HILL "This book is a mustread. I loved it. And I have no doubt that every woman will find something of herself in these pages." xMarlo Thomas
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  • Rating StarANURADHA GOYAL July 25, 2014

    24 women writers talk about being married – to be precise why they still continued to be married to the man they are currently married to. All these women are American, at least by their citizenship if not ethnicity always and most of them have been arried multiple times. Editors have divided the book into 4 parts – depending on the age of marriage. It begins with those ho have been married for more than 20 years to their current husbands, then those with 10+, then 5+ and then recently married ones. Initially I thought it is an easy way to classify the pieces, but as I read I realized that age of marriage has a lot to do with how women perceive it and deal with it. First few pieces sounded very similar and I actually thought of putting the book down, but by the second section it got interesting and a wide variety of marriage confessions and adjustments coming into the picture. I admired editors for choosing wide variety of marriages – the usual ones, the long distance ones, the lesbian ones, ones with an abusive partner or a diseased partner. There is one piece on open marriage and how both the partners choose to remain married to each other despite having affairs with others throughout their marriage. Author brings out the society’s view of their marriage when they have chosen to be open about the open status of their marriage. She brings out her need to be guilt free about her choice. The chapter is curiously titled My Husband, His Girlfriend, Her Husband, My Lover, and Others. It is amazing to read how each woman lives her marriage. I loved a piece where the author describes her marriage as the contrast between her and her spouse’s choices, but despite which they remain together. Women explore the impact of their parent’s marriage on their own or the ethos of their ethnic roots that impact their marriage. There is a hilarious incident where an old lady celebrates her 50th wedding anniversary without her husband – who had a parallel family in another house that gets revealed only at a funeral. Long time back I had read somewhere ‘Every marriage is a negotiation’ and if it works in your favor you continue with it else you move on. I think this notion got re-iterated with this book. Despite what appears on the outside, there is something that the marriage provides that keeps the partners bound to each other. It made me think of Indian marriages and I wondered if there would ever be a similar book from India and I guess not sometime in the near future. I am not sure if we even analyze our marriages in the same way as the western women though I am sure the variety would be as vibrant if not more with the added complexities of our extended families. I don’t think we are bold enough to bare open our intimate family lives in public, at least not yet. Interesting Read. ...Read more

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