Category Archives: Accidents of Marriage

Likeability Laced With Betty Crocker Syndrome (In Real Life & Fiction)

 

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A few years ago, when speaking with a reporter about my then-just-released novel, Accidents of Marriage, she mentioned how surprised she was by her negative reactions to the main character—how the character ‘provoked’ her husband. The reporter sympathized with the husband’s anger. The next day, participating on a book panel, the moderator spoke of the husband in the book as a virtual out-of-control monster and his wife Maddy as a frightened woman battling emotional abuse.

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Anger Exhausted Her . . .

A postcard from Accidents of Marriage. Read an excerpt here.

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Waiting for Respect

A postcard from Accidents of Marriage. Read an excerpt here.

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Seeing Themes & Obsessions In Novels

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“There have been two great accidents in my life. One was the trolley, and the other was Diego. Diego was by far the worst.”–Frida Kahlo

Writers often don’t recognize their own embedded themes until after writing “the end”–and sometimes not even then. True revelations are often handed to us by reviewers, book clubs, and Goodreads. Only by looking back do we recognize our sore spots and consistent curiosity.

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Chris Cooper Reading Scene From “Accidents of Marriage” at Fundraiser

Last night, at a fundraiser for AccesSportAmerica, inspired by Madelyn Bronitsky, Oscar-winnng actor, Chris Cooper, read a scene from “Accidents of Marriage.” (Hosted by Bella Luna Restaurant in Jamaica Plain, with the sponsorship of Papercuts JP and Westwinds Bookshop.

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Madelyn & Madeline: When A Character Pops Out Of Your Book

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There’s a reason more people understand the Holocaust from The Diary of Ann Frankthan from The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. Story. Since the cave man days we’ve learned more history through storytelling than textbooks. I know I have.

Writing a novel that includes social, health or political issues carries great responsibility. We want our audience to learn as they’re immersed in the story; those of us writing hot-button issues are impassioned. We want to write a compelling story. And then there is the third, equally important point of the triangle. We must be unflinchingly honest and also empathic with the characters carrying our banners. We must represent for the people who experienced in real life what we put on paper.

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The Ben Chart

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From Accidents of Marriage. Read an excerpt here.

 

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Cell Matter Connections

A postcard from Accidents of Marriagereleasing Sept. 2. Read an excerpt here.

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Cake for Supper

A postcard from Accidents of Marriagereleasing Sept. 2. Read an excerpt here.

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Were They Okay?

A postcard from Accidents of Marriage, releasing Sept. 2. Read an excerpt here.

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