Marriage by Anne Taylor Fleming
A Duet

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Two exquisitely written novellas, each connected by one theme: infidelity.

These deeply moving novellas offer a unique perspective on infidelity, bringing into sharp focus the complications and consequences created by spouses who -- despite their genuine bond of love -- are unfaithful to one another.

In the first novella, A Married Woman, Caroline, a middle-aged woman, keeps a careful vigil over her husband William's death bed. While frightened by the idea of losing her soulmate and lifelong companion, Caroline confronts another startling reality: she feels a kind of rebirth through his passing. The later years of her marriage were tainted -- he had fallen in love with a younger woman but renounced his passions for the sake of the family.

In the second novella, A Married Man, David -- husband, father, and businessman -- finds his sense of well-being and achievement damaged by his wife Marcia's betrayal: a one-night affair, which she regrets but does not conceal from him. When Marcia and David cannot reclaim the daily routine of a happy marriage, they seek help together from a popular television therapist.


About Anne Taylor Fleming

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Anne Taylor Fleming is a nationally recognized journalist and CNN NewsNight with Aaron Brown contributor. She is a regular on-camera essayist for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and the author of Motherhood Deferred: A Woman's Journey.Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, The New Yorker, Town&Country, and More.She has been a radio commentator for NBC.She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, journalist Karl Fleming.
Published January 8, 2003 by Hyperion. 190 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In “A Married Man,” by contrast, Fleming allows her outraged commentator’s opinions to assert themselves, often to hilariously ironic effect: 40ish California financial wizard and uxorious husband David vents his spleen at the TV “forgiveness” therapist that his wife, Marcia, drags him to after s...

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Inventive conceits dominate in Fleming's second collection of erotic stories (after 2002's After Hours ) by African-American writers both new and established.

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In her polished fiction debut, journalist Fleming weaves two novellas about infidelity into a graceful and gut-wrenching ode to marriage.

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