Listen to the Marriage

Listen to the Marriage

Book - 2018
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"A riveting drama of marital therapy"-- Provided by publisher.
Months of therapy in a San Francisco marriage counselor's office trace the crises that are threatening a family and the efforts of a therapist working to help them overcome self-imposed obstacles.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780374192020
Branch Call Number: Fic Osbo
Characteristics: 246 pages ; 20 cm


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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.

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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