The Forever Marriage by Ann Bauer

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"Phenomenal" (Garrison Keillor) storyteller Ann Bauer brings to life the tale of one faithless widow. Carmen wishes Jobe, the husband she never loved, dead --only to fall in love with him after he is gone. As she helps her three children grieve, she discovers, after a tryst with her most recent lover, that her own life may be in danger. Heremotions reeling, Carmen reflects on the fateful days of her youth that made her the person she has become: privileged suburban wife, unfaithful widow, mother of a child with Down syndrome, fierce friend. The Forever Marriage is at its heart a mystery, and the mystery is what, exactly, the nature of Carmen and Jobe's marriage might have been. Page-turning and irreverent, The Forever Marriage is a compelling examination of a relationship and of a woman facing up to her imperfect past. It meritscomparison to the best work of Anne Tyler, Elizabeth Berg, and Alice Sebold.

About Ann Bauer

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ANN BAUER is author of a novel, A Wild Ride Up the Cupboards, and co-author of a culinary memoir, Damn Good Food. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Elle, Redbook and The Sun. From 2006 to 2010, she was a regular contributor to Salon. She lives in Minneapolis. Visit
Published June 14, 2012 by Overlook. 317 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After returning to the United States, he invites Carmen to visit his family in Baltimore, and Carmen remains there as a guest of the Garretts, who also pay for her last year of college when she can’t do so.

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She and Jobe had been profoundly ill-suited: Jobe, a solemn and awkward math prodigy, had been intimidated by the potency of Carmen’s desires, while Carmen had been bound to Jobe by gratitude and obligation rather than love.

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Bauer's protagonist is flawed, yet fully imagined; the reader feels empathy as she tries to navigate the difficult waters of widowhood, guilt and illness.

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Book Reporter

Jobe and Carmen had been eating in a restaurant along with his co-workers, fellow mathematics professors at Johns Hopkins who ogled Danny's gorgeous wife as they introduced themselves.

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Open Salon

Yes, it dealt with cancer, adultery, a child with disabilities, but I didn't find it depressing or uplifting, but rather realistic in the aspect that all of these main characters, Carmen, the late Jobe, the lover Danny, and the mother-in-law Olive, as well as the boy with Down's Syndrome, Luca, w...

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