The Post-Romantic Age of Workhorse Wives, Royal Children, Undersexed Spouses, and Rebel Couples Who Are Rewriting the Rules
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Pamela Haag has written the generational "big book" on
modern marriage, a mesmerizing, sometimes salacious look at
the semi-happy ambivalence lurking just below the surface of
many marriages today. The spouses may rarely fight—they may
maintain a sincere affection for each other—but one or both
may harbor a melancholy sense that something important is
Remarkably, this side of the marriage story hasn't been told
or analyzed—until now.
Meticulously researched and injected with insightful
firsthand accounts and welcome doses of humor, Marriage
Confidential articulates for a generation that grew up
believing they would "have it all" why they have ended up
disenchanted. Haag introduces us to contemporary marriages
where spouses act more like life partners than lovers;
children occupy an uncontested position at the center of the
marital relationship; and even the romantic staples of
sexual fidelity and passion are assailed from all sides—so
much so that spouses can end up having affairs online almost
Blending tales from the front lines of matrimony with
cultural history, surveys, and research covert-ops (such as
joining an online affair-finding site and posting a personal
ad in the New York Review of Books), Haag paints a detailed
picture of the state of marriage today. And to show what's
possible as well as what's melancholy in our post-romantic
age, Haag seeks out marriages with a twist—rebels who are
quietly brainstorming and evolving the scripts around
career, money, social life, child rearing, and sex.
Provocative but sympathetic, forward-thinking and bold,
here, at last, is a manifesto for living large in marriage.
Today - May 31, 2011
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