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The Forever Marriage Hardcover – 14 June 2012

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  • ISBN-10 : 1590207211
  • Hardcover : 320 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1590207215
  • Dimensions : 16 x 2.54 x 23.62 cm
  • Publisher : Harry N. Abrams; New. edition (14 June 2012)
  • Reading level : 18 and up
  • Language: : English
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"While in many ways a quiet story with a subtle arc, it is also an emotionally powerful page-turner--memorable and exquisitely written."--BookReporter.com

"Bauer's second novel ("A Wild Ride Up the Cupboards", 2005) offers an introspective study of a woman as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery . . . At times dispassionate and self-absorbed and at other times emotional and selfless, Carmen follows a path of self-discovery that is often painful, poignant and undeniably real. Bauer crafts an insightful story . . . It's a journey well worth taking."---"Kirkus"


"Compelling . . . Bauer and "The Forever Marriage" poignantly and powerfully illustrate the great and often tragic ironies of life . . . a perfect read."---"Minneapolis Star Tribune"

"Funny, surprising and gratifyingly honest, this novel poses unsparing questions about love and betrayal and the reasons we make the choices we do."---"More Magazine"

"Summarizing the plot of this richly layered and nuanced story could leave an impression that it's grim. It isn't. The novel is infused with a sense of grace and redemption for characters Bauer makes us care about."---"St. Paul Pioneer Press"

"Bauer deftly draws all the characters. Love or hate Carmen, readers won't soon forget the hot-blooded woman, and fans of Elizabeth Berg will want to meet her."---"Library Journal"

"With quiet power, Bauer explores the isolation, betrayal, duty, and, finally, compassion that constitute an unhappy marriage . . . With lovely prose and fine pacing, Bauer (A "Wild Ride Up the Cupboards") offers a sensitive portrait of a flawed woman coming to terms with a lifetime of regrets."---"Publishers Weekly", starred review

"Written in a contemporary style that evokes the work of Anne Tyler, this is not only a well-nuanced story of youthful mistakes and adult consequences but also an unflinching look at one woman's fight against breast cancer."---"Booklist"

"Bauer expertly maps the ferocity and anguish of a parent's love . . . Exceptional storytelling."---"Entertainment Weekly"

"A triumph of good writing."---"The Washington Post"

About the Author

Ann Bauer is author of a novel, "A Wild Ride up the Cupboards," and co-author of a culinary memoir, "Damn Good Food." Her essays have appeared in "The New York Times," "The Washington Post," "Elle," "Redbook," and "The Sun." From 2006 to 2010, she was a regular contributor to "Salon." She lives in Minneapolis. Visit annBauer.com.

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