Accidents of Marriage

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Accidents of Marriage

By Randy Susan Meyers

Washington Square Press, Paperback, 9781451673050, 368pp.

Publication Date: June 9, 2015

A complex and captivating tale ("The Boston Globe") which takes an engrossing look at the darker side of a marriage and at how an ordinary family responds to an extraordinary crisis, forcing a couple to decide when a marriage is too broken to fix.
Maddy, a social worker, is trying to balance her career and three children, but her husband's verbal furies have made the family wary and frightened. Where once his fiery passion had been reserved for defending his clients, now he's lashing out at all of them. She vacillates between tiptoeing around him and asserting herself for the sake of their kids keeping a fragile peace until the rainy day when they re together in the car and Ben's volatile temper gets the best of him, leaving Maddy in the hospital fighting for her life.
Randy Susan Meyers takes us inside the hearts and minds of her characters, alternating among the perspectives of Maddy, Ben, and their fourteen-year-old daughter, Emma. A "People" magazine Book Pick, "Accidents of Marriage" is a beautifully written, poignant, and thought-provoking novel ("Kirkus Reviews," starred review) that will resonate deeply with women from all walks of life, ultimately revealing the challenges of family, faith, and forgiveness.

About the Author
Randy Susan Meyers, author of "The Murderer s Daughters", spent eight years as assistant director of Common Purpose, a batterer intervention program where she worked with both batterers and domestic violence victims. Previously, she was director for the Mission Hill Community Centers where she worked with at-risk youth. She is the co-author of the nonfiction book "Couples with Children". Her short fiction has been published in "Perigee, Fog City Review", and "Grub Street Free Press". She currently teaches fiction-writing seminars at the Grub Street Writers Center in Boston, Massachusetts. She lives in Boston with her husband and is the mother of two grown daughters.