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In “one of the most endearing books about family life ever penned” (Washington Post Book World), Lawrence Naumoff writes with “effortless-looking brilliance” (Reynolds Price) about a couple careering toward a holiday meltdown after thirty years of married madness.


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In “one of the most endearing books about family life ever penned” (Washington Post Book World), Lawrence Naumoff writes with “effortless-looking brilliance” (Reynolds Price) about a couple careering toward a holiday meltdown after thirty years of married madness.

30 review for The Night of the Weeping Women

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melki

    Here's the first line from the book: Humming a song on a Saturday morning was not the kind of aggressive act that could easily be explained in a court of law as an understandable reason for murder, but it struck Ervin Neal that he might finally have to kill his wife, or get rid of her in some way. Oh, yeah. Been there, done that. I recently celebrated - well, observed is more like it - my 21st wedding anniversary. Don't let anybody kid you. Marriage is work. Hard work. Living for so long with anothe Here's the first line from the book: Humming a song on a Saturday morning was not the kind of aggressive act that could easily be explained in a court of law as an understandable reason for murder, but it struck Ervin Neal that he might finally have to kill his wife, or get rid of her in some way. Oh, yeah. Been there, done that. I recently celebrated - well, observed is more like it - my 21st wedding anniversary. Don't let anybody kid you. Marriage is work. Hard work. Living for so long with another person can suck the life right out of you. I fully admit, there are times I want to slap the nose right off my husband's face just for the irritating way he breathes. And I'm sure he occasionally feels the same about me, though I can't imagine why. After all, he's the one with the annoying habits. All I have are endearing quirks. Ervin and Margaret have been married for over 30 years, and they are driving one another nuts. Margaret is truly aggravating. A nagging harpy radiating false cheer; I couldn't stand to be married to her for five minutes. She will simply NOT budge in her quest to turn Ervin back into the man she married so long ago. Ervin, quite understandably, yearns to break free of Margaret's clutches. But, he retaliates by playing mean spirited tricks on his wife and verbally abusing her. What a bastard! Caught in the middle of this long-running sparring match is their happily married daughter Sally and her husband Robert. They are constantly having to referee the latest bout without having their own marriage damaged by flying debris. It's hard to decide who to root for in this quartet. Each of the characters does at least one fairly reprehensible thing during the course of the novel. Perhaps we should just say they all deserve one another and leave it at that. In the end, there are lessons learned by all. Life goes on as usual for some, and for others, things will never be the same again. Sally manages to sum it up pretty well: "You see, you get married. Later, you wonder why you did it. It's hard to figure out. It's hard to remember the way it felt, the way you both were back then. You start one way, at one place, and end up another way, in another place. So much changes. I guess you have to let it happen. I guess you have to go on." Oh, yeah. Been there, done that.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anna Carvlin

    this book started off promising and all the way to about halfway through I enjoyed it. Part 2 was a disaster where it seems like the author just didn't know what to do with his plot. Everything ended up in a big mess and it seems like a lazy lazy ending. I am disappointed with this book but I did read it all the way through because it was a simple this book started off promising and all the way to about halfway through I enjoyed it. Part 2 was a disaster where it seems like the author just didn't know what to do with his plot. Everything ended up in a big mess and it seems like a lazy lazy ending. I am disappointed with this book but I did read it all the way through because it was a simple

  3. 4 out of 5

    Borgt

    De nacht van de huilende vrouwen

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Funny, odd, touching--I like everything about this book. He also wrote Rootie Kazootie, which is equally strong, and some other books that I don't like quite as much as these two. He's hugely underrated, and probably nice to stray cats. Funny, odd, touching--I like everything about this book. He also wrote Rootie Kazootie, which is equally strong, and some other books that I don't like quite as much as these two. He's hugely underrated, and probably nice to stray cats.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rocky

    another book mentioned in my 1994 notebook: I say - vicious, a mite contrived and some dialogue wrong but it has great moments and power in its bite and drive.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rocky

    another book mentioned in my 1994 notebook: I say - vicious, a mite contrived and some dialogue wrong but it has great moments and power in its bite and drive.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alan

    another book mentioned in my 1994 notebook: I say - vicious, a mite contrived and some dialogue wrong but it has great moments and power in its bite and drive.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jen Watkins

    It was good until it turned into a totally male hypocritical story.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shay Briggs-sternaman

    It was a good and quick summer read which was so realistically written, I felt like i just watched a disturbing film about the shit that comes along with marriage.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Robert Pruchniewicz

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jolynn

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kristy

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

  14. 5 out of 5

    Linda

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ann

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sally Fouhse

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kerry Mccaskill

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

  19. 4 out of 5

    Benna Hindle

  20. 5 out of 5

    Janet Moulton

  21. 4 out of 5

    Judy

  22. 4 out of 5

    Laura Kilmartin

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shane F

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

  25. 4 out of 5

    Julian Lisle

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  27. 4 out of 5

    Robin

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jo

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lonibus

  30. 4 out of 5

    Allison

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