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Accidents of Marriage

A Novel

By Randy Susan Meyers

Accidents of Marriage
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    2 Sep 2014,
    368 pages.

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  • Diane W. (Lake Villa, IL)

    Accidents of Marriage
    Compelling, disturbing, real (from personal experience and anguish), and impossible to put down - even though it brought up painful, tearful memories - in a way it was healing and affirmative. Emotional and verbal abuse takes a long suffering toll and everyone involved in a family where such occurs. I agree with several others who have reviewed - this is would be a great book club selection and lead to much discussion of the complexities of families and how anger, rage, depression, and personal experiences/perceptions can cause a never ending journey of pain - and yet growth and a levels of commitment - to all those involved. Very well-written and portrayed.
  • Angela S. (Hartland, MI)

    Accidents of Marriage
    While this book had interesting developments and a few character insights, it did not truly draw me into the story like a great book will do. I did not feel as engaged with the characters as I would have liked to have been. I did enjoy the point of view of Maddy as she struggled to find herself again and make difficult choices. It was refreshing to hear from Maddy directly, how she was feeling as opposed to only hearing the voices of the people around her who are forced to deal with the changes in her. This book would be great for anyone looking to read about difficulties in marriage or how an accident can change everyone in profound ways.
  • Elizabeth K. (Glenshaw, PA)

    Accidents of Marriage
    What constitutes verbal or emotional abuse? Can a person who is esteemed at his office be so different at home? The author makes the reader aware of what can happen when anger cannot be controlled. An entire family, and extended family, is shattered when the parents are involved in an accident that leaves Maddy, the wife, with brain damage. I felt her struggle as she tried to slowly cope and recover. A teenage daughter must bear the burden of home responsibility: a young son reverts to bed wetting. The burden falls on everyone. The husband must face and recognize his failings.

    There are many topics to discuss in this book. It would be excellent for book clubs
  • Bobbie D. (Boca Raton, FL)

    A Family in Crisis
    "Freud took aim, and the pair was irretrievably broken in half." (The quote in the book refers to 2 special glasses in this novel as well as the couple themselves.)

    Accidents of Marriage by Randy Susan Meyers is about a family in crisis. It is the story of a married couple, Maddy and Ben and their three children, Emma, Gracie and Caleb. The author uses Maddy, Ben and Emma to head the chapters which allows the reader to understand the different point of views.
    Maddy, a social worker, is constantly using her training to apply techniques to try and control her husband's outbursts of anger. Ben is an attorney in the public defender's office and often comes home late and with a few drinks under his belt.
    Ben is responsible for an accident that changes all their lives.
    Ms Meyer's characters are well defined. The children add a lot to this story with their confusion about their mixed religious background and just looking at what is happening from their perspective.
    In the end, it is Maddy who decides what is best for their future.
    The story is interesting but I think it could be condensed a bit.
  • Leah L. (Lawrence, NY)

    Are there really accidents of marriage?
    Ben's boundless rage careens with Maddy's brain injury so that the top of the Illica marriage is blown off and the foundation of the family is compromised. Clearly, Meyers knows the world of emotional abuse and battered families and brings it into 20-20 vision. While ACCIDENTS OF MARRIAGE moves slowly in some moments and its editing could be tweaked slightly, the reader becomes invested in the characters. One wonders what happens to adolescent Emma who, underneath it all, is just a kid. It makes one realize that a functional, growing and thriving marriage is essential to raising emotionally healthy children.
  • Barbara C. (Fountain Hills, AZ)

    Accidents of Marriage
    This book, about a family in distress, is a quick read and could use a bit of editing. It seems to be redundant and repetitive, so that I found myself rolling my eyes at some parts. The three main characters, Maddy, the mother, Ben, the father and Emma, the 14 year old daughter are the narrators of the story from each perspective - a device which I found in so many recent novels to be creative at first, but then tiring after it is used so often. The characters are well drawn, but rather one- sided: Ben angry to the point of abuse, then so contrite and rather unbelievable in the change - Maddy long suffering, doing all for family and then so stubborn in not forgiving Ben - Emma typical teenage picking up pieces of family and complaining all the time. The other children, Gracie the constant lovable angel, and Caleb the whining questioner got to be monotonous.The medical and clinical section of the book seems to have come straight from a textbook, but was interesting and seemingly well researched., I just wondered where all friends and neighbors were when Maddy was in the hospital and recouping. All the work fell on Emma and the parents and in-laws. In situations like this, usually friends are there to help.All in all, a chick lit type of book, which has a basic linear story, easy to read and interesting to see the family dynamics develop.
  • Freya H. (Phoenix, AZ)

    Accidents of Marriage
    This well-written story may resonate with more families than many of us might care to think about. The characters, good, bad and sad, are well developed. You are drawn in to their lives from the first page and, while the ending may not be perfect, it feels like true life. This may be a good Book Club choice since many topics, from spousal abuse to trauma rehab to children's issues, to friendship, and to parent involvement in their adult children's lives, are all there for discussion.
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