Library: Books explore marriage, more

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October 10, 2018 - 12:58 PM

This month I’ll start with a thriller by Louise Candlish, “Our House.” Fiona Lawson and her husband Bram are newly separated with an arrangement to alternate time in their house to minimize disruption for their children. That goes well  — until one day Fiona arrives to find a new family moving into the house. Bram, her children and all possessions in the house are gone.

What does love mean  — and, for that matter, fidelity  — when the person you love is no longer herself? Those are questions 50-something David and his grown sons face when David’s wife Kate is diagnosed with early-onset Alzeimer’s and begins to slip away from them. Despite its sad premise, “The Half-Life of Everything” by Deborah Carol Gang is full of warmth and good humor as the family grapples with the most difficult yet rewarding years of their lives.

“All Your Perfects” by Colleen Hoover is the story of a marriage told in alternating “then” and “now” chapters. Quinn and Graham meet when her fiancé and his girlfriend have taken up with one another. The “now” chapters show their current problems which are stressing a happy marriage, while the “then” chapter show how they fall in love and marry.

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