The story of a family on the edge... and how they got there.
For Madeline Illica, the love of her husband Ben is her blessing and curse. Brilliant and charming when he chose to be, Ben turns into a raging bull when crossed—and despite her training as a social worker Maddy is never sure what will cross him. She kept a fragile peace by vacillating between tiptoeing around him and asserting herself for the sake of their three children until a rainy drive to work when Ben’s temper gets the best of him and the consequences leave Maddy in the hospital, fighting for her life.
Exploring emotional abuse, traumatic injury, and children lost in the shuffle of recovery with unblinking honesty, Accidents of Marriage is an account of life inside of a marriage and how the unexpected gift of clarity can make the difference between living in hell and salvation.
“Meyers puts a Boston family overwhelmed by a tragic accident under the literary microscope.”—Starred Kirkus Review
“Social worker Maddy’s life with her beloved but volatile husband takes a dark turn in Meyers’s resonant engrossing novel.”—People Magazine
“Meyers’ compelling novel switches points of view: Maddy, Ben and their eldest daughter, 14-year-old Emma, all get an empathetic voice. It’s a deft exploration of the borders of abuse and the aftermath of tragedy, the triumphs and disappointments of recovery, and the possibilities of faith and forgiveness.”—Star Tribune
“A complex, captivating tale.”—Boston Globe
“Randy Susan Meyers is at her perceptive best as she first presents the harrowing realities of a marriage on the rocks and then rips it all apart in one calamitous moment.”—Globe & Mail