By Louise DeSalvo
Louise DeSalvo dangers all, within the corporation of Edith Wharton, Virginia Woolf, Henry Miller, and Madam Recamier. by way of filtering the tale of her personal husband's affair via other's tales, she revels within the continually interesting fable and tells from the often painful truth of adultery. The conclusions she attracts, and the stability she reveals in her marriage and in others, make ADULTERY a enjoyable, poignant, and compassionate publication.
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What the women had read were the novels of D. H. Lawrence (especially, of course, Lady Chatterley's Lover); those of Margaret Drabble, Fay Weldon, and Rosamond Lehmann; Marilyn French's The Women's Room; and the (nonfiction) sexual study of Shere Hite. For the men: the novels of D. H. Lawrence and Fyodor Dostoyevsky; the works of Freud, Jung, Havelock Ellis, Albert Ellis, and (though I can't imagine why), Alvin Toffler's Future Shock and The Third Wave. ) American readers, contemporary readers, of course, would choose different books.
But while the corn muffins were cooking (and by now they were browning nicely with perfectly formed little crowns on top, which meant that, distracted though I may have been, I had mixed them perfectly), I found a pad of yellow lined paper, and my favorite pen, and I started writing fiction, something I hadn't ever done before. What I found myself writing that night (or morning, actually), while my corn muffins were baking, was this: Page 35 The day before Helen MacIntyre began to have her second affair, she got up in the middle of the night to make her children cornmeal muffins for breakfast.
Life is passing by too quickly. You're twenty-five, or thirty-five, or forty-five, or fifty-five, whatever. You tell yourself that you don't have that much more time left, so you better start living life to the fullest. Now. After all, you only have one life to live, and this one isn't a dress rehearsal. Everything that, a few days before, seemed wonderful (your partner, your home) and meaningful Page 19 (your life together, your job) and adorable (your kids, the dog, the cats, the guppywell, maybe not the guppy, who has always had this terrible habit of shitting long strands while you're having your dinner), everything that, at the very least, you thought was bearable and tolerable (the condition of marriage), now seems trivial and meaningless: a compromise, a trap, even.
ADULTERY by Louise DeSalvo