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Fiction
Paperback, 368 pages 
Published June 9th, 2015 by Washington Square Press (Originally published September 2014)
 
This is the story of the Illica family. Ben is a busy and powerful lawyer. Maddy is an overworked social worker and mother of three. Though their life is busy, on the surface it seems perfect. 
 
However, that is not the case. Within the walls of the Illica home, there is anger. There is rage. There is… abuse. But not the physical kind. Ben constantly berates his wife and children. He abuses them verbally and emotionally. 
 
Ben is not a bad man; it’s not as simple as that. He is hardworking, and can be kind and loving. But he has an explosive temper, and you never know when he is going to burst. Maddy doesn’t want to be a doormat, but when Ben is mad she tries to stay out of his way—and so do their kids.
 
One day, Ben and Maddy are in the car, and she cannot escape his rage. There is an accident. And Maddy ends up in the hospital. 
 
Told in alternating perspectives, this is a story of family, hardship, faith, and forgiveness. 
 
We hear from Maddy, Ben, and their 14 year old daughter Emma as they navigate through the trials of life, family, and marriage. We sometimes see the same things through all three of their eyes, and see how perspectives change things. We see how seemingly little actions can have huge consequences, and how the little things can build up and explode. 
 
The characters are very well drawn and realistic. They are fully fleshed out and multifaceted. None of them is all good, or all bad. Ben is a good example of this. He can fly off the handle very easily, but he truly does feel badly about this. He wants to be a better person and a better husband and father. But we also see the flip side—is that enough? It’s certainly not an excuse.
 
Maddy suffers greatly in this story as she sustains very serious trauma. The aftermath is very interesting and very heartbreaking. She struggles to heal while also dealing with her family issues. 
 
While Maddy is healing and Ben is feeling sorry for himself, Emma is forced to step in as a mother figure and caregiver to her two younger siblings. She is forced to grow up too fast as expectations and responsibilities are heaped upon her. On top of this she must deal with the struggles that go along with being a teenager.
 
The plot and the characters are nuanced and complex. Meyers paints a very vivid and heartbreaking picture as she explores the pain and complexities that can come along with family life. 

I did enjoy the story and the way the characters are drawn. However, at times, especially in the beginning, I had trouble getting into the story and staying interested. 

I would recommend this book for those who enjoy slower paced, character driven stories and those who are interested in the darker side of family life.
 
Content warning: Contains some explicit language. 

About the Author

The drama of Randy Susan Meyers’ novels is informed by her work with families impacted by emotional and family violence.

Her newest novel, Accidents of Marriage, examines the slippery definitions of emotional abuse and explores tragic circumstances forcing a family to challenge the dynamics that have long-defined them.

Randy is a founding member of Beyond The Margins, a site dedicated to the craft of writing and the business of publishing, and coauthored the guide, What To Do Before Your Book Launch, with writer M.J. Rose.  She lives in Boston with her husband, where she teaches at Grub Street Writer’s Center.

Find out more about Randy at her website, and connect with her on FacebookTwitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.
 

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