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Book Review: “All of This” by Rebecca Woolf and “This Story Will Change” by Elizabeth Crane

So we see couples doing boring and happy things. They get furniture, get a dog, and agree to let the husband take care of home repairs and pest control while the wife does the dishes and laundry. Is it?” Crane asks, bracketed. They go to couples therapy, decide they don’t need it, and eventually come back again.

We are used to reading about terrible divorces. An entire bookstore can be filled with memoirs. The memoir includes plates thrown in the room, a $500 an hour lawyer, a psychologically devastated child, and a surgically enhanced replacement wife. Lesser-known, at least on this page, is the story of an unexplained marriage. So “This Story Will Change” is less a memoir about divorce than a case study of one marriage and what killed it. It doesn’t matter who is guilty, but what caused the marriage to seem to end prematurely. is standing I was bad at making beds, cooking, and camping. Both the bed and sofa were too big with too much space in between.

“Her main theory about real long-term relationships was that it wasn’t that hard,” Crane wrote. do.”

This works fine until it stops working. Is it a spoiler to say that the jury in her case has yet to appear?

“This story hopes for a happy ending, but it probably just ends,” Crane wrote. “Maybe the happy part will come first next time.”

Maybe there will be a sequel.


Meghan Daum’s latest book is The Problem With Everything. She is the host of the ‘The Unspeakable’ podcast and co-host of the podcast ‘A Special Place in Hell’ with Sarah Heider.


All This, Rebecca Wolfe | | 233 Pages | Harper One | $26.99

“This story changes” by Elizabeth Crane | | 256 pages | Counterpoints | $26

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