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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
In her memoir Love For Our Afflictions, author Arianna Carruth explains how she has attempted to manage emotional pain following several miscarriages and the infidelity of her husband. The couple has one child but is having difficulty carrying another child to term. When they again become pregnant, they find out they will have a special needs child. In between this, the author discovers her husband is having an affair. They seek counseling and, within two weeks, consider that they are healing the relationship and ready to again expand the family. They are then transferred to Norway where the author is initially disappointed. Eventually, she begins to see Norway as a home and when the couple returns to the USA, the author becomes disillusioned with the shallow lifestyle of Americans. There are ongoing issues with the special needs child but the couple elects to attempt to again conceive. There are family squabbles and the author loses her job and then, the pregnancy with the third child gets more complicated.
At times, it felt as if I was reading the same script several times. Love For Our Afflictions seemed to follow a predictable course in that the author would become disillusioned and then would find a way out and then, a crisis would again emerge. I never got a clear feeling that the couple was moving ahead but rather, they simply learned to become more cohesive while enduring the crises. Of course, that is itself a victory for a struggling marriage and the author deserves credit for staying the course. For me, the memoir was a bit victim-oriented but it does hold promise for giving comfort to other couples who struggle with like issues.