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Good but slightly uncomfortable!,
This review is from: Doctor's children (Hardcover)Josephine Elder's books show us that "having it all" - or failing to- is not such a modern dilemma. In "The Encircled Heart" she wrote of a marriage struggling under the strain of the female protagonist's career as a doctor. In this book she goes one further and shows the fate of the (female) doctor's family after her husband walks from the marriage, unable to take being second fiddle to his wife.
The dilemma is rather topical in the context of recent debate about professional women "marrying down" (dreadful phrase) and its consequences. To her she has done no more than organise what needed organising, and encourage him to structure what in a family context needed structuring, while making sure food was on the table; which, if left to him, it might not be. But the cost is their marriage, which dwindles into an empty shell, and his creativity; so when he chooses the high road rather than her road, we are perhaps not as outraged as we'd expect to be.
But will she, as we half expect, be better off without him? And how will her children, the offspring of these two wildly divergent temperaments, fare, jerked out of their placid routine at rather interesting points in their lives?
Elder's view is far from saccharine, that is for sure!