9 1/2 Couples: Life Love Intimacy
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.