Married by Anne Roiphe
A Fine Predicament

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 6 Critic Reviews



Since she first gave voice to the struggles of a generation of women with Up the Sandbox, Anne Roiphe has been a unique chronicler of how we live in relationships and in families. In Married, Roiphe offers an elegant defense of married life from the wry perspective of a wife and mother who survived the 1950's, the sexual revolution, and the women's movement.Drawing upon a captivating range of examples from history, literature, and popular culture--ranging from Jane Austen's Emma to Bill and Hillary Clinton--as well as her own two marriages, Roiphe looks at the state of wedded union from an emotional as well as a social perspective. With her trademark blend of wit and wisdom, she explores such questions as why we have marriage, the stresses that threaten a marriage, what marriage asks of us, and what marriage gives to us.Just as she won women's hearts by celebrating the neglected joys of motherhood in Fruitful (shortlisted for the National Book Award), Roiphe is certain to capture a wide audience with her passionately affirmative answer to the basic question we ask about marriage. Does she think it's worth it? In Married Anne Roiphe answers with a resounding "I do."

About Anne Roiphe

See more books from this Author
ANNE ROIPHE is the author of seven novels, including Up the Sandbox, Lovingkindness (currently under option to Ann Bancroft/Mel Brooks Productions), and The Pursuit of Happiness. Her nonfiction books include National Book Award nominee Fruitful: A Real Mother in the Modern World, 1185 Park Avenue: A Memoir, and Married: A Fine Predicament. For more than three decades, she has illuminated the complex realm of women's lives with her provocative insight.
Published April 17, 2002 by Basic Books. 304 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Parenting & Relationships, Self Help, Romance. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Married

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Roiphe is not against divorce, which ended her own first marriage, praising it as a release “from what Milton has called the ‘God forbidden loneliness’ of marital unhappiness.” Arranged marriages also receive measured approval;

| Read Full Review of Married: A Fine Predicament

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

She wants to know what she can learn from Brittain and the rest about marriage, and the themes Roiphe focuses on remain relevant to 21st-century marriages: is domesticity compatible with long-term emotional engagement, or are marriages destined to become boring?

Apr 02 2007 | Read Full Review of Married: A Fine Predicament

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Readers disgusted by sugarcoated, mushy sentiments will welcome this latest installment from the prolific Roiphe (Up the Sandbox;

| Read Full Review of Married: A Fine Predicament

Book Reporter

they were often open to affairs or more generally concerned with “questions of freedom and attraction.” And, as these couples were all more or less creative to begin with, she writes that “they felt their love affairs and marriages were themselves creative acts.” Roiphe goes one step further than...

Jan 24 2011 | Read Full Review of Married: A Fine Predicament

Book Reporter

For Roiphe understands that marriage can be the linchpin of family (although she acknowledges that many happy, healthy families do not involve marriages).

Jan 22 2011 | Read Full Review of Married: A Fine Predicament

Historical Novel Society

Wells was quite candid with his wife concerning his succession of mistresses, whereas Radclyffe Hall, best known for The Well of Loneliness, the first openly lesbian novel, managed to duplicate the same sad ménage of demanding mistress and disappointed wife in her lesbian affairs.

| Read Full Review of Married: A Fine Predicament

Reader Rating for Married

An aggregated and normalized score based on 6 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review