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Infidelity : A Memoir

3.48 (80 ratings by Goodreads)
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"Thirty years. Thirty years of my life have been gifted to this man. How do I prevent making the rest of my life a testament to his infidelity? If I leave him, it's because of this. If I stay, I will always think of it. How do I make my story different from Mother's, from Lala's? How do I make it right for me?"
She thought they were the perfect couple. She authored Keep the Home Fires Burning: How to Have an Affair with Your Spouse and appeared on Oprah, Donahue, and Sally Jessy Raphael as an expert on the joys of sexual monogamy. She was a marriage and family therapist who counseled patients coping with cheating spouses. She believed she had escaped her family legacy of marital infidelity. She was wrong. After thirty years of marriage and three children, Ann Pearlman discovered her husband's affair with another woman.
In Infidelity, Pearlman tells the true story of the devastating effect of adultery across three generations of American women, beginning with her grandmother, Lala, whose husband fell in love with another woman during the Depression and maintained the relationship until his death. The unfortunate legacy continued with Lala's daughter, Nora, who wed a womanizing entrepreneur, Pearlman's father. An award-winning author, columnist, psychotherapist, marriage and family therapist, Pearlman draws on sociological and anthropological works as well as her own experience to write out her rage, pain, depression, doubts, and, eventually, her journey back to confidence and strength.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 274 pages
  • 140 x 213 x 20mm | 318g
  • Westland, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1945814543
  • 9781945814549
  • 3,347,687

Review quote

"An unusually vivid and striking account of the effects of men's affairs on their wives and daughters--an immediate, personal story of depth and power, as gripping as a good novel."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Pearlman has a sharp eye for detail and is adept at expanding her discussion of infidelity's pain and relationship--mutating qualities, pinpointing its effects on children, adult acquaintances, and even (in the case of her parents and grandparents) one's history."
--Kirkus Reviews
"Outstanding... once you start reading you cannot stop."
--The Times
"A vivid, thoughtful memoir of a woman's life, her sexuality, and her growing social, psychic and sexual consciousness...Pearlman tells her story with a lovely control and a deep sense of meditative longing."
--Elle
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Rating details

80 ratings
3.48 out of 5 stars
5 10% (8)
4 45% (36)
3 32% (26)
2 9% (7)
1 4% (3)
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