9 1/2 Couples: Life Love Intimacy

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Capulet House Publishing, Jul 1, 2003 - Man-woman relationships - 228 pages
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From first-time novelist Wendell Scales comes the remarkable novel of about how communicating your true feelings can bring redemption and ultimately, salvation to a t roubled relationship. 9 1/2 Couples takes readers on a journey through the delicate issues that besiegeing the lives of nine unforgettable couples who to stay together must overcome the toughest relationship challenges.

It is a story about the inimate and emotional situations and catastrophic changes that result when couples fail to communicate.

The story begins with Dr. Jean-Paul Lefervre, a psychiatrist, feeling ineffective and fustrated as a therapist, and guilt-ridden since the death of his wife, Simone. Jean-Paul needs desperately to become more effective as a counselor and to make peace with Simone, who was his "all and everything."

Armed with his new "journal therapy," Jean-Paul is determined to prevent other couples from making the same mistake in their relationships that he made in his. An underlying story emerges as the couples reveal to Jean-paul their trials with impotence, menopause, infidelity, abuse, forbidden love, and other issues.

It is the story of the devastating mistake Jean-Paul made, the inevitable consequences that led to the bittersweet secret of his marriage, and the yoke of regret he catties for not allowing his wife to say, "Jean-Paul please forgive me." 9 1/2 Couples is a brilliant and memorable work from a talented artist with immense insight into the human psyche.

This is a very discussable novel for reading groups and book clubs.

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Scales lives in Michigan. He has maintained a private practice in Detroit for twenty-seven years.

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