Vow: A Memoir of Marriage and Other Affairs

Author(s): Wendy Plump


There are so many ways to find out. From a mobile phone. From a bank account. From some weird supermarket encounter. One morning in early January 2005, Wendy Plump's neighbour came over to tell her that her husband was having an affair. The news hit her with an almost audible click. It was not a shock. Actually, it explained quite a lot. What she was not prepared for however was the revelation that he had an eight-month-old son living within a mile of their family home. Monogamy is one of the most important vows we make in our marriages. Yet it is a rare spouse who does not face some level of temptation in their married life. The discovery of her husband's second family followed betrayals of Wendy's own, earlier in the marriage, and prompted her to explore the wreckage of her relationship head-on - from the view of both the betrayer and the betrayed. In this compelling memoir, Wendy Plump looks at the ordeal of Finding Out, the recovery, the ebb and flow of passion, the patterns of adultery, the undeniable allure of illicit attraction, the lovers, the lies and the alibis. Frank, intelligent and important, Vow takes you under the covers. It will transform your understanding of fidelity and commitment forever.


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From the publishers of Eat, Pray, Love and Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother comes an honest, startling new memoir that will spark a new debate about fidelity and betrayal

Vow is brilliant from both a literary and a psychological perspective. It certainly takes emotional honesty to write with such candour about the drama and allure of one's personal adulterous experiences, but this book is more than simply honest; it is also searingly well told. A tremendous achievement Elizabeth Gilbert Vow is so tender and sharp, so suffused with our common humanity and so precise. Plump is also unfailingly honest about what affairs give us and what they take away. This book is a real gift Elizabeth Weil, author of No Cheating, No Dying

Wendy Plump has been a newspaper and magazine reporter for over twenty years. She has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and won several New Jersey Press Association Awards. She lives in New Hope, Pennsylvania, with her sons.

General Fields

  • : 9781408827802
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : February 2013
  • : United Kingdom
  • : March 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Wendy Plump
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 306.736092
  • : 272