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There are so many ways to find out. From a mobile phone. From a bank account. From some weird supermarket encounter. One morning in early January 2005, Wendy Plump's neighbour came over to tell her that her husband was having an affair. The news hit her with an almost audible click. It was not a shock. Actually, it explained quite a lot. What she was not prepared for however was the revelation that he had an eight-month-old son living within a mile of their family home.
Monogamy is one of the most important vows we make in our marriages. Yet it is a rare spouse who does not face some level of temptation in their married life. The discovery of her husband's second family followed betrayals of Wendy's own, earlier in the marriage, and prompted her to explore the wreckage of her relationship head-on - from the view of both the betrayer and the betrayed.
In this compelling memoir, Wendy Plump looks at the ordeal of Finding Out, the recovery, the ebb and flow of passion, the patterns of adultery, the undeniable allure of illicit attraction, the lovers, the lies and the alibis. Frank, intelligent and important, Vow takes you under the covers. It will transform your understanding of fidelity and commitment forever.
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A powerfully honest account of adultery ... Vow is not the kind of memoir usually written by a bruised wife bent on revenge ... Vow may change the way you see yourself; it will at least change your marriage ... What makes Vow so powerful is that she dissects not only the carcass of her own marriage, but the drive that propels so many otherwise sane people to destroy ... the bullet-proof world they have tried to create (Frances Wilson Daily Telegraph)
Vow is brilliant from both a literary and a psychological perspective. It certainly takes emotional honesty to write with such candour about the drama and allure of one's personal adulterous experiences, but this book is more than simply honest; it is also searingly well told. A tremendous achievement (Elizabeth Gilbert)
Vow is so tender and sharp, so suffused with our common humanity and so precise. Plump is also unfailingly honest about what affairs give us and what they take away. This book is a real gift (Elizabeth Weil, author of No Cheating, No Dying)
Metaphors and similes and original descriptions can't defend the reader against the sheer pain of broken vows. Wendy Plump creates a beautifully wrought word painting from which I, for one, came away with a new slant on 'marital vows.' Couples should read this book-and then write their own (Carly Simon)
Admirable honesty ... Plump's is an unflinching account that was obviously necessary for her to write (Sunday Times)
A frank and compelling journey through the author's marriage and adultery . Plump lifts the lid on her marriage with a wry voice and unflinching honesty. Far from victim of the breakdown, Plump is unerringly frank about her role in its failure (Mslexia)
From the publishers of Eat, Pray, Love and Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother comes an honest, startling new memoir that will spark a new debate about fidelity and betrayal
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