Advance reader reviews of A Box of Darkness by Sally Ryder Brady.

A Box of Darkness

The Story of a Marriage

By Sally Ryder Brady

A Box of Darkness
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  • Published in USA  Feb 2011,
    256 pages.

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  • Nan G. (Mazomanie, WI)

    The Inner Life of a Marriage
    For many years, one of the themes of my reading life has been the many forms that relationships take in our lives: mothers and children, brothers and sisters, lover and lover, men and women, friends and friends. A Box of Darkness will take its place among those already on my shelf with its painfully honest look inside a marriage that was never quite what it may have seemed to those outside it and as Sally Brady reveals, ultimately a surprise even to herself. Well worth reading and sharing.
  • Hydee F. (Salt Lake City, Utah)

    Amazing memoir.
    This book left me awash in emotions. I could not stop reading the back, and looking at the photos, trying to grasp the reality that Sally Brady was so honest and transparent in this memoir. Her account of a long and complex marriage was touching, and real, and affected me greatly. I love this book and am now searching for some of her other works.
  • Carolyn F. (San Carlos, CA)

    This is a beautifully written book that resonated with me on so many levels. By the end of the book I felt as if I had spent an extended period of time with a beloved friend. Brady takes us on a roller-coaster ride of emotions seems, to me, to be brutally honest.
    I loved the quote from which the title of the book is taken. I would recommend this book to people who like memoirs. I think it would make for an excellent book group discussion because there are a couple of big issues to explore.
  • Margaret M. (Chicago, IL)

    A Box of Darkness
    A Box of Darkness is a good read. The writing style flows and keeps the reader involved. It is a story of a long marriage struggling with homosexuality. The plot if realistic and describes the emotional difficulties in a marriage troubled by unfaithfulness. It is also a family story and one that is quite believable. I recommend it.
  • Ariel F. (Madison, WI)

    A Box of Darkness
    I read “A Box of Dreams” with interest. Sally Ryder Brady was brave to write the book. While it was well written, this memoir of a marriage left me with questions. How could she be married to Upton Birnie Brady for over 40 years and not have some idea that he was homosexual? Does ones love of someone allow them to be abused both verbally and physically?
  • Carolyn A. (Sarasota, Florida)

    Marriage is Forever?
    The story of Sally Ryder Brady's tormented marriage to Upton Brady must be read with an open heart. "It is was it is" can lead to an enlighten conversation about what each partner brings to a marriage, the laughter and the tears. This book can begin a soul-searching discussion with others or a private re-affirmation. It will be sure to go on my book club to-read list.
  • Amber B. (Canton, Ohio)

    Telling the Truth
    Sally Ryder Brady is a magnetic story teller. Readers will follow her journey with the same sense of wonder, mystery, pride, and pain that she encountered in her 46-year relationship with an extremely complicated man. I felt bewildered by some of the choices that she made, but also understand how they seemed to make sense to her. This story will give book groups a LOT to discuss!
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