Vow by Wendy Plump
A Memoir of Marriage (and Other Affairs)

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This isn't a typically low-rent guilty pleasure. There's no pleasure. The story remains inert...Thus the text is not only wince-inducing but, despite its titillating premise, dull.
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Synopsis

Monogamy is one of the most important vows we make in our marriages. Yet it is a rare spouse who does not face some level of temptation through the allure of other people. Sometimes the issues are resolved before anyone is hurt. But sometimes, as with Wendy Plump's marriage, the fallout is confronted head-on-when not one but both spouses cheat.

In early 2005, Wendy Plump found out about her husband's second family. They lived just a mile from the home she shared with her sons in the farmlands of Pennsylvania. But the discovery followed betrayals of her own, earlier in the marriage. Most discussions of infidelity focus on one side and therefore provide a skewed perspective. In this unique, 360-degree look, Plump delivers a searing, confessional story about the challenges of marriage that reads like a conversation between old friends.

From the view of both betrayer and betrayed, Plump looks at the ordeal of finding out, the recovery, the ebb and flow of passion, the daily play of personality that can lead to fulfillment or disillusionment, family and friends and therapists, illicit attraction, the lovers, the lies, the alibis, even the undeniable pleasures affairs gave her as a younger woman.

As she explores the wreckage of her own marriage, Plump offers a beautifully told narrative of hope, recovery, and wonder for the pull of couplehood that reawakens a belief in the value of fidelity and commitment.
 

About Wendy Plump

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Wendy Plump has been a newspaper and magazine reporter for over twenty years. She has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, New Jersey Monthly Magazine and has won, through the Times of Trenton, several New Jersey Press Association Awards. She lives in New Hope, Pennsylvania, with her sons.
 
Published February 12, 2013 by Bloomsbury USA. 273 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Self Help. Non-fiction
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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Lionel Shriver on Mar 08 2013

This isn't a typically low-rent guilty pleasure. There's no pleasure. The story remains inert...Thus the text is not only wince-inducing but, despite its titillating premise, dull.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Heller McAlpin on Feb 14 2013

...gutsy, intelligent examination of vows and the tantalizing allure of the illicit.

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Toronto Star

Good
Reviewed by Marcia Kaye on Mar 28 2013

While not at all a self-help guide, Vow, a lively read that leaves a lasting impression, may benefit three groups: those looking for clarity in their own unfaithful relationships; friends who want to understand...and the monogamous.

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