The Dangerous Husband by Jane Shapiro
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In The Dangerous Husband, they meet and almost immediately fall in love. Like everyone, they have been alone. He is perfect for her - charming and sexy and awkward and sweet. They are forty; it is time for them to marry and shelter each other. When the honeymoon ends, as honeymoons always do, real life begins, with its surprises. He trips up stairs, falls going down. He cooks a tasty dinner and the kitchen ends up looking like a slaughterhouse. Absorbed in sexual experimentation, he shatters the coffee table. He tenderly wrenches her neck; he breaks her arm. It was turning out that my husband's dishevelment was incomparable, potent, ramifying. It could destroy whole little worlds. It will surely destroy her. Unless she can kill him first.
 

About Jane Shapiro

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Shapiro was a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a New York Times Notable Book for her first novel. Her short fiction and journalism have been published in The New Yorker, the New York Times, Harper's Bazaar, Mirabella, and Ms Magazines.
 
Published September 19, 2000 by Back Bay Books. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Lonely again, she goes back home after a week, but matters get only worse: first, the frog, then the cat, then the dog meet untimely ends, and when Dennis breaks her arm she knows with chilling certainty that it’s finally come down to her or him.

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""This was the kind of person my husband was: strange, loving, lethal,"" the narrator muses, gradually realizing that to prevent her own accidental mutilated demise, Dennis ""really needed to be dead."" When she engages a suave and sexy hit man (he's also a novelist) to do the deed, the narrative...

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In this devilishly funny novel, Shapiro's nameless narrator is an arty Manhattan photographer who, at 40, meets and marries Dennis -- a charming, divorced sociologist who boasts inherited wealth, a beautiful Brooklyn brownstone, and a generous enthusiasm both in and out of bed.

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