ACCIDENTS OF MARRIAGE (Washington Square Press, Reprint Ed.) by Randy Susan Meyers holds readers from the first page to the last – just read some of the reviews.
“This novel’s unsparing look at emotional abuse and its devastating consequences gives it gravity and bite, while a glimpse into a physically damaged mind both surprises and fascinates.”—People Magazine
“A deft exploration of the borders of abuse and the aftermath of tragedy, the triumphs and disappointments of recovery, and the possibilities of faith and forgiveness.”—Star Tribune
“Unputdownable and unforgettable. I just loved it—and I’ll now read everything Randy Susan Meyers writes.”—Liane Moriarty, NYT bestselling author of The Husband’s Secret
Words are powerful and words can hurt, especially when delivered with vitriolic anger. Ben is a lawyer, married to Maddy, father to three children, he has a temper and he’s verbally abusive to his family. Maddy is a social worker who ironically helps women navigate abusive relationships, while taking Xanax and Ambien to survive her home life. Fourteen-year old Emma, nine-year old Gracie and seven-year old Caleb are Maddy and Ben’s children and they are afraid of their daddy when he gets mad. Maddy’s parents, best friends, co-workers and everyone else knows Ben is out of control, but that Maddy does nothing about it.
Then the unspeakable happens. Ben gets angry and loses control while driving in the rain with Maddy and they end up in a horrible accident. Maddy’s thrown from the car ending up in a coma. It throws the already fragile family into a critical state, which there are no easy answers.
What I appreciate about Randy Susan Meyers novels are the narratives are about real life issues, real people, real struggles and heart-ache. The characters are sometimes unlikable but always authentic. You know these people, they live in your neighborhood, they’re your relatives.
ACCIDENTS of MARRIAGE is about family, faith and forgiveness. What I also love about Randy Susan Meyers novels? They don’t end all packaged with lovely bows on top. That’s not real life. Again, there are no easy answers.
About Randy Susan Meyers
The drama of Randy Susan Meyers’ novels’ informed by her work with families impacted by emotional and family violence.
Randy is a founding member of Beyond The Margins, a site dedicated to the craft of writing and the business of publishing, and coauthored the guide, What To Do Before Your Book Launch, with writer M.J. Rose. She lives in Boston with her husband, where she teaches at Grub Street Writer’s Center.
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Remember you can check out more of my reviews at http://www.cindyroesel.com and news about my novel, “Viewer Discretion Advised.” Have a wonderful weekend.