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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (273 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alison Lurie Narrator: Jamie Heinlein Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For more than a year, Alan Mackenzie has had a bad back. It is ruining his life and also the life of his loyal and affectionate wife, Jane. After years of happy marriage, this attractive and intelligent couple has more or less stopped making love and are turning into people they hardly recognize. Jane, to her own horror, is becoming a resentful caregiver, and Alan is becoming a resentful caregetter.

Meanwhile, another, very different, couple has recently arrived in town. Delia Delaney is a famous writer who has just been appointed a visiting fellow at the university where both Alan and Jane work. Delia’s husband, Henry, appears to be cynical and demanding, though most of his demands are for things Delia wants. At first, Alan and Jane do not like Henry and Delia very much, but these two outsiders soon totally alter them and their lives.

Truth and Consequences is a comedy about love and its disguises, and about identity and change, about the small disasters and sudden attractions that can turn even the most stable relationship upside down. Alison Lurie’s latest novel suggests that a minor illness can cause major trouble. But it can also, with luck, determination, and the right sort of help, free both caregivers and caregetters to become more interesting, braver, and more passionate than they were before.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ruth | 2/8/2014

    " Listened to this one. An interesting take on what can happen to a marriage when health issues are involved as well as self esteem. A husband with severe back pain falls for a manipulative visiting professor in the office next to his. A wife who has always been supportive but at her wit's end with his demands falls in love with the husband of her husband's lover! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Stephanie | 2/8/2014

    " I THINK the reason I didn't like it was because it hit too close to home...my own husband dealing currently with chronic pain, and me being afraid of what that portends...and afraid I will be a person I don't like, as the protagonist is...she grows resentful etc. And a tiny tiny speck of that occurred to me when I realized that I resented my husband because he can't go on a 14 mile hike with me and I am too socially inept to have other people with whom I can stand to hike all day...OK this is way way too much baring my soul for me to deal with, back to the book. Like the writing, hate the book. Still love the author. Conflicted? I'd say. "

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

    " It was interesting. It was written by a professor from Cornell which is near my home. It is funny to read about Corinth University in Hopkins County. It was easy to read and I would read another book by her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by April Hochstrasser | 1/31/2014

    " In this book the very thing the wife blamed the husband for, she was guilty of herself. Somehow, from her point of view, being unfaithful was okay for her but not for her husband. I liked the gradual realization on both their parts that their marriage was not working. But the way they each handled it was typically male and female halves of the same thing. The wife carried much more guilt, the husband blamed anyone but himself. "

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