Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Accidents Of Marriage-Randy Susan Meyers

Accidents Of Marriage
Randy Susan Meyers
Atria, Sep 2 2014, $25.00
ISBN: 9781451673043

Married for fifteen years, social worker Maddy and attorney Ben raise three children (fourteen years old Emma, nine years old Gracie and seven years old Caleb) in Jamaica Plains, Massachusetts.  Recently Maddy feels overwhelmed by her work and her children’s needs, but the greatest pressure comes from her quick to anger husband.

Ben drives to work, but rushes back home to gather needed papers he left behind.  Maddy calls Ben begging he pick her up in a bad area as the cops towed her vehicle away for failing to register the car and taxis refuse to stop.  Angrily, Ben cancels a critical meeting and drives over to pick up his wife.  When he gets into a road rage contest with another foolish driver, Ben loses control and crashes; leaving Maddy in a coma.  Now Ben and the three kids struggle with the family glue comatose.

This is an insightful look at the impact of rage on a family.  The crucial powerful premise is the realistic diverse ways the extended family, coworkers and friends behave before the accident; while Maddy is comatose; and after she regains consciousness.  Accidents Of Marriage pulls no punches as Randy Susan Meyers writes a profound novel.

Harriet Klausner

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