Other Reads: “Adultery” by Louise DeSalvo

by An Ordinary Man (the novel)


This one, available from Amazon of course, is definitely on my to-read list because it is written from the perspective of the wronged wife and is at least in part based on fact, while An Ordinary Man is from the perspective of a fictional husband struggling mightily not to cheat, who realizes the definition of cheating is not as clear as it might seem.

Here is the author’s description:

Just after Louise DeSalvo gave birth to her first child, her husband confessed that he was having an affair. After surviving the crisis in her marriage, she began to read and write about adultery to explore the question of why people cheat. The result is this fun and compassionate book that draws upon the lives and works of literary figures such as Edith Wharton, Virginia Woolf, and Henry Miller to offer a transforming understanding of infidelity and marriage.

(This is the first of an irregular series drawing attention to other books dealing with marital relations, as they used to be called, without intending to review or even necessarily recommend them)