CAHSS and Effect… Happy Hearts: Can these marriages be saved?
In this second installment of a new CAHSS and Effect regular, Jessica Van Slooten recommends romance novels. “One critique of the romance genre is that the happy endings hide everything that comes after—the often less than-happy reality of loving and building a life together. For folks who want to know what happens after the happily ever after, I have several suggestions for you. In Romancelandia, we love to categorize books by trope—common, recurring plots, character type, or other literary devices. This month’s novels fit the tropes of second chance love and/or marriage in crisis. These novels feature characters who previously had their happily ever after or happily for now, and have parted ways (second chance romance) and/or are fighting to stay together (marriage in crisis). Two recent novels deliver insightful commentary on the gender dynamics at play in heterosexual marriages.” See it, here.