in spring 2006, journalist Laurie Abraham sat in with five troubled
couples as they underwent the searing process of group marriage therapy.
Published as “Can This Marriage Be Saved?” the resulting article
generated intense reader response. While space limitations allowed
Abraham to focus only on one couple in her article, this book, which
grew out of it and the reaction it inspired, tells the moving,
fascinating story of all five.
Writing with the narrative dexterity of a great novelist, Abraham
recounts the travails, triumphs, and reversals that beset the five
couples as they work with their therapist—and each other—to find out
whether they can attain the satisfaction in marriage they originally
sought. At times wrenching and at times inspiring, the sessions bring out
the long-hidden resentments, misunderstandings, unmet desires, and
unspoken needs that bedevil many an imperiled couple. At the same time,
these encounters provide road maps to reconciliation and revival that
can be used by anyone in a relationship. Along the way, the author draws
on her explorations of philosophy, literature, Freudian theory, and modern science to decode the patterns and habits that suggest
whether a troubled marriage will survive or die. The fact that the five
couples are ultimately successful makes this not only an important look
at the state of marital dysfunction in America today but a reaffirmation
of the enduring bonds of love. Download and start listening now!