ACCIDENTS OF MARRIAGE: A Novel ~Randy Susan Meyers
“There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help and what they cannot.” (Plato)
“I think you have at least. Twenty-two things. You shouldn’t be angry about. Everyday.” (Page 296)
Randy Susan Meyers is a writer and a person who works with folks with domestic violence issues. ACCIDENTS OF MARRIAGE takes her excellent writing skills into this realm and tells us a story about a family which is developing serious violence issues and problems and how it is affecting the marriage and the children – the future. The characters are quite well depicted and their responses to the situations and scenes are tremendously portrayed. I read into the wee hours of the morning, because I could just not put the book down; I have thought about this story often since I finished the read and it just stays with me.
ACCIDENTS OF MARRIAGE is about a life changing year for the Illica family who live in Boston, MA area. Maddy is the spirited social worker who is messy and forgetful (I think I might say stressed to the max trying to balance work and family) and vacillates between standing up to Ben’s growing rages and to placating him – always protecting the three children: Emma (14), Gracie (9), and Caleb (7). The marriage bond did not begin with such anger issues, but as Ben became a more powerful public defender and a recognized warrior in the courtroom, he becomes increasingly belittling and critical of his wife and children; they are becoming truly afraid. The two styles on a wet and rainy, frantic, fast drive crash into each other and Maddy ends up nearly dead with brain injuries and in a coma.
The characters are just so believable and Emma realistically portrays how a teen and her siblings would increase their anger reactions by acting out and by being scared nearly out of their minds. ACCIDENTS OF MARRIAGE is about all the ways that individuals cope with major problems and violence. The story is a good portrayal of what love is not.
TLC Book Tours sent me a copy of this book for review and I am planning on sharing this book with several of my counselor friends. ACCIDENTS OF MARRIAGE was an intense and provocative read. Good teaching tool, excellent storytelling, excellent read for nearly every reader.
From the book jacket:
“Randy Susan Meyers is the author of THE COMFORT OF LIES and THE MURDER’S DAUGHTERS and a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award. Her writing is informed by her work with batterers and victims of domestic violence, as well as her experience with youth impacted by street violence. She lives with her husband in Boston, where she teaches writing seminars at the Grub Street Writers’ Center.”
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