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Literary Classic Review    

The Ragged Way People Fall Out of Love
By Elizabeth Cox
LSU Press (Voices of the South series), 2002
Trade paper, $15.95 (203 pages)
ISBN: 0-8071-2835-X

Molly and Will Hanner's marriage is coming unstuck -- not from infidelities or midlife crisis -- they've just drifted apart. They realize they've been careless and neglectful, but they don't understand, or even want to undo the damage. 

Their three children adjust to the changes in their parents with relative ease. Overwhelmed by guilt and love for their offspring, Molly and Will spend as much time taking apart their household as they spent building it. Though each has found a love interest, they are still drawn to one another in times of stress. 

In The Ragged Way People Fall Out of Love, Cox writes with subtle nuance, compassion, and sadness about the fine lines in marriage. 

Elizabeth Cox lives in Littleton, Massachusetts and is on the faculty of the Bennington Graduate Writing Seminars. Born and reared in Chattanooga, she lived in Durham, North Carolina for almost thirty years. She taught at Duke University for  seventeen years. Her novel, Night Talk, won the Lillian Smith Award.


Pam Kingsbury
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