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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully written, charting the highs & lows of a marriage
Another piece of innovative writing from Carol Shields, this time in collaboration with Blanche Howard (who I hadn't heard of until I saw it and it seems all her books are out of print!). They really capture the ups and downs of a difficult time in this couple's marriage. I love Carol Shields' novels - if you tried to give a synopsis of the plot, it would seem fairly...
Published on 26 Sep 2000

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gentle, Enjoyable Read
If you want action-packed, dramatic stuff, then Carol Shields is not for you. This is a gentle, balanced and very well-written story of a couple's self-imposed separation and the problems that causes in their relationship. One complaint - because the narrative all takes place in letter-form (and therefore retrospectively) it's hard to feel totally involved with the...
Published on 10 Feb 2002


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully written, charting the highs & lows of a marriage, 26 Sep 2000
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This review is from: A Celibate Season (Paperback)
Another piece of innovative writing from Carol Shields, this time in collaboration with Blanche Howard (who I hadn't heard of until I saw it and it seems all her books are out of print!). They really capture the ups and downs of a difficult time in this couple's marriage. I love Carol Shields' novels - if you tried to give a synopsis of the plot, it would seem fairly uneventful, but she has the most fantastic ability to dig beneath the surface and reveal outwardly 'ordinary' characters to be complex and often extraordinary. What else can I say! If you like Carol Shields, you will not be disappointed. If you have never read her, this isn't a bad one to start with and you have the joy of all those other wonderful books of hers to look forward to - I envy you!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gentle, Enjoyable Read, 10 Feb 2002
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If you want action-packed, dramatic stuff, then Carol Shields is not for you. This is a gentle, balanced and very well-written story of a couple's self-imposed separation and the problems that causes in their relationship. One complaint - because the narrative all takes place in letter-form (and therefore retrospectively) it's hard to feel totally involved with the characters. But it's an enjoyable read, nevertheless.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very amusing and insightful for age 35-40 marrieds with kids, 9 Aug 1999
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This was one of the most insightful, comic and well-written books I've read in a long time. Perhaps it is the life stage I'm at but no, I think the brand of wry humor intermingled with thought-provoking observations about marriage, middle age, career, sex, and children would be engaging to anyone. I love the idea these two authors corresponded with each other as their characters such that the evolution of the story took place almost in real time with an element of fluidity and spontaneity that only this format could achieve. Many of the characters' observations made me laugh out loud while others left me waxing on a thought for days. Excellent, excellent, excellent, don't miss this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars can kindle do better?, 28 Jan 2011
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An enjoyable book. Carol Shields never disappoints.

My reason for posting is not the content but the format. My kindle version contained rather a lot of irritating transcription errors. All pretty obvious but surely unnecessary. I'm a big fan of the kindle and do hope it won't happen again.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A contrived tale, 16 April 2013
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This probably seemed like a good idea at the time for the two author friends to collaborate but to me it was unsuccessful and appeared self indulgent and contrived. Totally unbelievable !
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4.0 out of 5 stars I Loved This Book, 7 Aug 1999
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I did love this book--just finished and was curious to see what others thought. I think the two-author "letters" format worked well, and in some humorous cases, it almost seemed as if the authors were each trying to outdo each other in character. At the same time I found great depth and truth in the letters and the insights they provide into marriage, growth, change, separation, and general observations about gender differences.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must for summer reading!, 25 Jun 1999
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a unique and fun read! cleverly written in the form of a seperated husband and wife, this book moves the plot along quickly. i loved it! it is a shame it wasn't longer, as it was a private peek into a marriage that showed 'warts and all'. read it this summer...you'll pass it on!
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