A Good Marriage is a novella by Stephen King, published in his collection Full Dark, No Stars his mastery of detail and his deceptively effortless narrative voice, King transforms this disquieting material into a disturbing, fascinating book. A Good Marriage is a American psychological thriller film based on the novella of the .. Print/export. Create a book · Download as PDF · Download as PDF · Printable version. "A Good Marriage" is an page novella written by Stephen King that was included in his collection Full Dark, No Stars. Summary Darcy Anderson has.
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A Good Marriage book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. What happens when, on a perfectly ordinary evening, all the things. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of A Good Marriage - Kindle edition by Stephen King. Download it. From the legendary Stephen King - As a sadistic serial killer is spreading fear across the Northeast, taunting the police as his victims pile up, Darcy Anderson.
Synopsis[ edit ] Darcy Anderson has been married to Bob, an accountant from Portland, Maine , for 27 years. They have a happy yet humdrum relationship, running a mail-order business selling and appraising rare coins. One day, while Bob is away on business, Darcy goes into the garage to search for batteries. When she rummages through Bob's belongings, she stumbles across a pornographic magazine showing sadomasochistic images. Unnerved by the magazine — and that it is in Bob's possession — Darcy finds a secret compartment behind the garage's baseboard and makes a more horrific discovery: a small box containing the ID cards of Marjorie Duvall, a victim of a serial killer called "Beadie". Afterwards, Darcy Googles Beadie and cross-checks Bob's business records with the locations of the murders, finding that Bob was in close proximity to most of the crimes.
Studies show that each couple's back story is particularly revelatory about the present state of their relationship. One of the earliest studies of the value of a couple's "how-we-met" story was published in John Gottman and his colleagues at the University of Washington took oral histories from fifty-two couples, and their stories were then coded and deconstructed.
The couples, who had been married for an average of five years, also took part in laboratory-based discussions in front of cameras and strapped to body monitoring devices.
Based on all the evidence the researchers had collected, they already had a pretty clear idea about which couples were happy and those who were headed for divorce. Three years later, the researchers checked in with the couples again.
The researchers had been virtually perfect in their assessments. The how-we-met story had predicted, with 94 percent accuracy, which couples would break up and who would stay together.
The how-we-met story is useful but slightly less predictive in newlywed couples -- the relationship is still evolving and couples have yet to settle into a pattern. Even so, talking to a couple about their early romance, even when they are still in the midst of it, can identify potentially troubled relationships. In one study, the researchers collected how-we-met stories from ninety-five newlyweds, and then they checked in again at different intervals for the next nine years.
At the four-to-six-year interval, the how-we-met story had been 86 percent accurate in predicting who would still be together. By the end of the nine-year study, the accuracy of the how-we-met story had slipped to 81 percent. Among the seventy-nine couples who were still married up to nine years later, the researchers had correctly predicted sixty-eight of them would still be together. And the how-we-met story had correctly predicted thirteen of sixteen divorces.
Why is the how-we-met story so important? Typically, the early days of a relationship are the most romantic and the most love-struck. Put us in a brain scanner when we are in the early days of romantic love and we will look like we are crazy or on drugs. The parts of the brain that involve critical thinking are shut down -- that's why we aren't troubled by obvious flaws like a filthy apartment or lavish spending habits.
Meanwhile, our brains are awash in a dopamine surge and we feel dizzy and exhilarated by love. All of the memories we are creating during this time are tinted by the rose-colored glasses of the newly in love. And when we are happy in our relationship, we remember the early days with pretty much the same rosy-tinted optimism.
But once we become dissatisfied with our partnership, at some point perceptions shift. It's not that we make up problems that never existed.
It just becomes far easier to recall the negatives than the good times. And we end up recasting history to reflect our current state of discontent.
Is the story of your early courtship filled with nostalgia and optimism? Or is it tinged with negativity and regret? Wallerstein and Sandra Blakeslee Houghton Mifflin Company, 0urs is a culture of divorce, yet some couples have happy, long-lasting marriages.
What is their secret? When so many marriages fail miserably, why do others succeed?
This remarkable book has the answers. Judith Wallerstein, coauthor of Second Chances, the landmark bestseller on divorce, now turns her attention to marriages that work.
Based on a groundbreaking study of fifty couples who consider themselves happily married, The Good Marriage offers an entirely fresh vision of that most complex of human relationships. Wallerstein describes what she considers the four basic types of marriage: romantic, rescue, companionate, and traditional.
She identifies the natural stages of a marriage and explains the nine psychological tasks- including separating from the family of origin and making a safe place for conflict-that must be undertaken by anyone committed to having a good marriage.
Wallerstein and coauthor Sandra Blakeslee introduce us to a number of couples who speak honestly and eloquently about the intimate interiors of their marriages. We meet Sara and Matt, whose passion for each other still burns strong many years after their first electrifying encounter; Helen and Keith, who discovered that marriage can heal the wounds of an unhappy childhood; Ellis and Janet, who each brought two children to their second marriage and made it work.