Cleaving

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May 21, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

The authors, Dennis & Vicki Covington, both writers, met when they were teenagers and married in their 20s. Cleaving is the story of that marriage, told by each in alternating chapters. ”We were writers first, husband and wife second, and as writers we could not…dissemble,” explains Dennis, and thus we are treated to descriptions of tequila guzzling and acid dropping, threesomes, affairs, fights, and abortions. Despite all the suffering, they say, they remain each other’s ”shelter.” The problem is, it’s difficult to imagine anyone wanting to be married to either of them. There’s an undercurrent of ”look how open we can be” smugness that makes this book seem like just another confessional memoir written to cash in on a trend. C

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