Ambivalence, a Love Story by John Donatich
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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.


About John Donatich

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John Donatich is the director of the Yale University Press. His essays and occasional pieces have appeared in Harper's and the The Atlantic Monthly. This is his first novel.  
Published December 27, 2005 by St. Martin's Press. 240 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships, Self Help. Non-fiction

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In fluid and easy-reading prose, even though the author wears his erudition on his sleeve with apt quotes from a panoply of writers, Donatich, in a purely subjective and self-interrogative way, expresses his thoughts on becoming a father.

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she has a history of manic-depression, recounted in her book, ''Food and Loathing.'' (Lerner is always called ''B'' in ''Ambivalence,'' as if the book were a case study.) Donatich's attraction to Lerner is the love a boy good at technical things finds in an almost insolvable puzzle, while her lov...

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