Author: Randy Susan Meyers
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publication Date: 2nd September 2014
Book Source: Atria Books & NetGalley
Synopsis: Accidents of Marriage explores a topic rarely shown in fiction: the destruction left in the wake of spouse’s verbal fury. Ben never meant to hurt Maddy. He never imagined his recklessness would lead to tragedy.
Maddy is a social worker trying to balance her career and three children. Years ago, she fell in love with Ben, a public defender, drawn to his fiery passion, but now he’s lashing out at her during his periodic verbal furies. She vacillates between tiptoeing around him and asserting herself for the sake of their kids – which works to keep a fragile peace – until the rainy day when they’re together in the car and Ben’s volatile temper gets the best of him, leaving Maddy in the hospital fighting for her life.
Randy Susan Meyers takes us inside the hearts and minds of her characters, alternating among the perspectives of Maddy, Ben, and their fourteen-year-old daughter. Accidents of Marriage is a provocative and stunning novel that will resonate deeply with women from all walks of life, ultimately revealing the challenges of family, faith, and forgiveness.
ACCIDENTS OF MARRIAGE explores a topic rarely shown in fiction: the damaging effects of a spouse’s emotional abuse.
Accidents of Marriage is tense and raw and real. It's a beautifully rendered, insightful look at a family in crisis.
Told from the multiple perspectives of parents Maddy and Ben and the eldest of their three children, 14 year old Emma, Accidents of Marriage covers the harsh realities and ripple effect of a family living with verbal and emotional abuse. Ben's anger and volatility are scary, his temper flares unpredictably, he throws things, he rages, his family tiptoe around on eggshells. When a car accident leaves Maddy with a devastating traumatic brain injury, this family's world shatters.
The aftermath of the accident is powerful and so real it's emotionally harrowing being in Maddy's head.
My heart broke for Emma ... thrust into the role of caring for her younger siblings, the lack of emotional and physical support was heart wrenching. I felt like the 'adults' in the story failed her. No child should have to cope with that kind of pressure.
Randy Susan Meyers writes with such sensitivity. My take ... clarity can come from the most unexpected sources. Love is not enough. It takes acceptance of responsibility and hard work to rebuild trust, to heal ... on both sides.
I thought Accidents of Marriage had a very realistic and satisfying ending.
My first Randy Susan Meyers read and I can't recommend it highly enough. Now to hunt down her other novels.
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