Gretchen and Steve have been married for a very long time. But they’ve come to a crisis and have separated. The San Francisco couple and parents of two, agree to go to a marriage counselor. John Jay Osborn’s novel, LISTEN TO THE MARRIAGE (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) takes place over ten months of therapy.
Sandy is a marriage counselor helping Steve and Gretchen through their recent separation. Steve initially cheated on Sandy and that’s why they end up in Sandy’s office. But they go on to cheat on each other, and in therapy they realize they have a lot of other problems.
Told entirely through Sandy’s point of view, we witness Gretchen and Steve’s relationship implode. We learn of both their extramarital affairs, and of the deeper dissatisfaction that has prompted them to be unfaithful.
I enjoyed reading LISTEN TO THE MARRIAGE. I felt like a voyeur week after week in Sandy’s office and I enjoyed experiencing their successes and crashes. There were times I wanted to bonk them on their heads, but overall I recognized their growth. That’s not to say they end up back together. You have to read the book to find out for yourself.
FYI: LISTEN TO THE MARRIAGE reminded me of In Treatment – the television show which aired on HBO from 2008-2010 with the delicious, Gabriel Byrne.
John Jay Osborn graduated from Harvard Law School in 1970. He wrote the bestseller The Paper Chase while he was a full-time law student; the book was adapted into a film (for which John Houseman won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor), and an award-winning television series.Osborn has clerked for the United States Court of Appeals, practiced law in New York City, taught at the University of Miami School of Law, and practiced in the estate-planning field, as well as giving advice and representation to artists and writers. He is the author of several novels and has written episodes for a variety of television shows. Since 1991 he has been a lecturer at the law school of the University of San Francisco.
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