Has anyone read a book about a long term affair, or about leading a dual life?
As much as it is painful, I find it fascinating in a weird way.
there is not much non-fiction about LTAs, but maybe there is some fiction that sheds some perspective?
Didn't the newman Charles Karult (sp?) have two families? There might be a book out there about him.
"A pilot's wife is taught to be prepared for the late-night knock at the door. But when Kathryn Lyons receives word that a plan flown by her husband, Jack, has exploded near the coast of Ireland, she confronts the unfathomable-one startling revelation at a time. Soon drawn into a maelstrom of publicity fueled by rumors that Jack led a secret life, Kathryn sets out to learn who her husband really was, whatever that knowledge might cost. Her search propels this taut, impassioned novel as it movingly explores the question, How well can we ever really know another person?"
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Skye, No I haven't seen that movie. There is an old one with Alan Alda and Ellen Burnstyn, but I think you are talking about the remake with Anne Hathaway?
And I had never heard of Charles Karault before, but looked him up. Canadian journalist eh?
That's the thing. All LTAs in books or articles seem to be between star crossed lovers with a strong bond and genuine love for each other.....but that is for another forum!!!
Really Trying, Yes I read a Pilot's Wife years ago, in the years of illusion. I remember thinking, Wow what a blow that must have been!
Mchercheur, Of course! lady Chatterley's Lover! I remember reading parts of this when I was about 13. The "good parts" of course, and in secret!
RedRose, Thank you I will check out the Forever Girl. I am looking for a Book Club choice as it will be my turn soon. I would love to have a discussion about infidelity with people who do not know of my situation. Should be interesting.
As far as book club, I couldn't have that discussion since my book club doesn't know and those who haven't experienced infidelity all tend to believe it is the BS's fault. I can't imagine how I could handle it appropriately!!!
However, one book that seems to be "working" at book clubs is "Loving Frank." I never read it because I don't care to read about infidelity from the perspective the world generally writes about it! However, it may be good for your book club choice.
It's a rare treasure to find a historically imagined novel that is at once fully versed in the facts and unafraid of weaving those truths into a story that dares to explore the unanswered questions. Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney's love story is--as many early reviews of Loving Frank have noted--little-known and often dismissed as scandal. In Nancy Horan's skillful hands, however, what you get is two fully realized people, entirely, irrepressibly, in love. Together, Frank and Mamah are a wholly modern portrait, and while you can easily imagine them in the here and now, it's their presence in the world of early 20th century America that shades how authentic and, ultimately, tragic their story is. Mamah's bright, earnest spirit is particularly tender in the context of her time and place, which afforded her little opportunity to realize the intellectual life for which she yearned. Loving Frank is a remarkable literary achievement, tenderly acute and even-handed in even the most heartbreaking moments, and an auspicious debut from a writer to watch.
It follows the love affair of a young girl and a priest, through her marriage and his rise through the Catholic church.
The Thorn Birds.
Ah yes, Ralph and Meggie. Star crossed lovers for sure. I had a crush on Richard Chamberlain back then. Who knew he was gay?
resRose, I'm not strong at all. In fact I don't think I want to read about a LTA if it involves "love".
I want to read about a selfish, character disturbed, broken individual who leads two lives and destroys all those around him by having an affair without any emotional connection to anyone. My life!! I may have to write it myself!
Ok, there's my daily plug for Emily Bronte. May not be what you're looking for, good luck finding something that fits the bill
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Think I will try "The Affair". it should make for some interesting discussion in the book club. Only two of ten know.
just curious though Brokenworld, Was the affair in the book a LTA? And was the OW married or remorseful? Don't worry about spoiling the plot. Just would like to know. Thanks
Same Time Next Year is my favorite movie :)
it should make for some interesting discussion in the book club. Only two of ten know.
Just a thought.... I don't wish to put you off, but if you really don't want the other members to know your personal story, I think that you're probably taking a risk in selecting a book about an affair. It will probably be quite difficult to discuss it without letting a slip of the tongue give something away, or allowing your face to reveal the truth.
And in any case, unless the two who know are unusually clam-like, I think that if you choose a book dealing with infidelity, you may well find that by the day of the meeting most of the other members will already know your history anyway. Either through run-of-the-mill surrender to the temptation to gossip, or through a kind attempt to warn people not to put their foot in it and upset you during the meeting.