Ambivalence, a Love Story: Portrait of a Marriage

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St. Martin's Press, Dec 27, 2005 - Family & Relationships - 240 pages
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Ambivalence, a Love Story is a deeply nuanced accounting in which two people come together to make a marriage work. Rarely has marriage and its compromises been so intimately portrayed, especially when tested by depression, unemployment, miscarriage and other realities of contemporary life. Whether inside the sterile out-placement offices for reengineered executives or traipsing through the suburban homes and competing lifestyles with perky realtors, Donatich muses on life's transitions with rare candor and insight.

Ambivalence traces the inner life of a man coming into adulthood: on being first generation, on interfaith marriage, on playing the accordion and ultimately on the question of whether we are better off solitary or coupled. But at heart, it is a tender -- if circumspect -- love story. An astonishing middle-aged debut.

 

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Part memoir, part essay, Donatich's account of contemporary marriage and fatherhood will resonate with readers who find Robert Bly too glib and Martin Amis too ironic; his book fairly bristles with ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
3
Section 3
15
Section 4
29
Section 5
45
Section 6
61
Section 7
77
Section 8
93
Section 10
121
Section 11
139
Section 12
153
Section 13
167
Section 14
181
Section 15
197
Section 16
209
Copyright

Section 9
109

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About the author (2005)

John Donatich is currently Director of Yale University Press. His work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, The Nation, The Village Voice and other publications. He lives in New Haven, CT with his wife, Betsy Lerner and their daughter, Raffaella.

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