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Three local writers with new books on the complications of coupling.


My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward: A Memoir
By Mark Lukach (Harper Wave, May 2)
Nuptial in a nutshell: “‘You must feel very alone right now. I do too, Giulia. I’m scared, too. But we are actually standing side by side, always holding on to each other. Can you see how beautiful that is? We will find this peace, Giulia…’ Giulia paused for a long time to process what I’d said. ‘Mark, I am the Devil,’ she whispered.”

It Takes One to Tango: How I Rescued My Marriage with (Almost) No Help from My Spouse—and How You Can, Too
By Winifred M. Reilly (Touchstone, April 4)
Nuptial in a nutshell: “‘We seem to be going around in circles here, and my hunch is that there’s something important that isn’t being talked about.’ Both partners stared at me blankly. The man shrugged his shoulders, while his wife picked lint off her coat sleeve and glanced at the floor. Three days later, she called to say she’d been having an affair.”

How to Be Married: What I Learned from Real Women on Five Continents About Surviving My First (Really Hard) Year of Marriage 
By Jo Piazza (Harmony, April 18)
Nuptial in a nutshell: “When you go out to dinner, put down your goddamn phone and don’t talk about…work or the laundry or the broken toilet. Would a man talk about a broken toilet with his mistress?”


Originally published in the April issue of San Francisco

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