The main character in this novel feels strongly that the kinship between women is such that they should never knowingly commit adultery, because of their bonding even with an unknown woman. However, she and many of her friends end up in relationships with married men.
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Carol Clewlow was a journalist for twenty years in the UK and the Far East. She published her highly acclaimed first novel, KEEPING THE FAITH, in 1988. She lives on Tyneside.From Publishers Weekly:
Initially a bit off-putting because of the narrator's deadpan, sardonic voice, this first novel becomes an absorbing chronicle of modern sexual mores as it illuminateswith a new twistthe age-old relationship between the sexes. Rose, the narrator, is one of a group of English academics and professionals in a university community, all of whom are intimately connected in a network of adulterous affairs. Although at first disapproving of extramarital relationships, Rose becomes vulnerable when she begins an affair with her tutor, Paul, who is married to Monica, who once had an affair with David, who is now involved with Jennifer . . . As Rose describes the liaisons and break-ups among her friends, she comes to some depressing conclusions: the only good men are already married, and they think philandering is their birthright; womenboth the wronged and the guiltydelude themselves about the men they love. New to this generation, however, is the higher proportion of women engaging in extramarital affairs, and their sense of themselves in that role: "Once we had to be weak to be loved. Now we have to be strong." Wry, witty, intelligent, occasionally hilarious and finally moving, this novel carries an emotional wallop. 50,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo; Literary Guild featured alternate.
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