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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (250 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben Schrank Narrator: Andrew Garman Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Peter Herman is something of a folk hero. Marriage Is a Canoe, his legendary, decades-old book on love and relationships, has won the hearts of hope­ful romantics and desperate cynics alike. He and his beloved wife lived a relatively peaceful life in upstate New York. But now it’s 2010, and Peter’s wife has just died. Completely lost, he passes the time with a woman he admires but doesn’t love—and he begins to look back through the pages of his book and question hom­ilies such as: A good marriage is a canoe—it needs care and isn’t meant to hold too much—no more than two adults and a few kids. It’s advice he has famously doled out for decades. But what is it worth? 

Then Peter receives a call from Stella Petrovic, an ambitious young editor who wants to celebrate the fif­tieth anniversary of Marriage Is a Canoe with a contest for struggling couples. The prize? An afternoon with Peter and a chance to save their relationship. The contest ensnares its creator in the largely opaque politics of her publishing house while it intro­duces the reader to couples in various states of distress, including a shy thirtysomething Brooklynite and her charismatic and entrepreneurial husband, who may just be a bit too charismatic for the good of their marriage. There’s the middle-aged publisher whose im­posing manner has managed to impose loneliness on her for longer than she cares to admit. And then there is Peter, who must discover what he meant when he wrote Marriage Is a Canoe if he is going to help the contest’s winners and find a way to love again.

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Noel | 2/7/2014

    " Interesting story and comments about marriage "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lisa | 2/3/2014

    " This is a book about relationships, love, and marriage, and what happens when a self-help author's truth is revealed. The characters aren't very likable, but I enjoyed the satire. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cynthia Harrison | 2/1/2014

    " I am liking this book. It's a bit of a send up of self-help but gentle. And there's more depth to it than "send up" -- it's about the human heart, love, marriage, cheating, dying, children, siblings, envy...yep, it's all that. And I'm not even finished yet. Later...loved it right until the end:) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dawn | 1/30/2014

    " This might be a 4 star...definitely more than a 3, but not quite a 4. The story of Emily in a troubled marriage, but she doesn't yet know it's troubled...Peter the aging writer of a best seller marriage self help book from 20+ years ago based on a boyhood summer experience that may or may not have happened and Stella the publisher's low level worker bee trying to make her boss happy. All interesting characters that I cared about. Which is why this might really be a 4. "

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