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A Recycled Marriage is a collection of short stories by Rosemary Mairs. The work spans across many years and various settings and explores the ways in which characters react when they’re faced with adversity. Mairs’s characters have hardships which include meeting their son’s murderer, delivering a lamb, seeking revenge, and coming to terms with a psychotic breakdown after a spouse’s death. The author presents stories showing how problems can infect the lives of anyone, giving rise to difficulties that may seem unmanageable.
The ability to cope with complexities within relationships is the central theme in Rosemary Mairs’s collection. The story from the title will pull you in with the first sentence, as many of the stories in the book do, and keep you reading until the end. The author has a way of coming up with twists and turns that will leave her readers guessing, and Mairs’s dialog is laced with the dialect of the settings and the era. Readers will easily digest the author's conversational storytelling, and they will be enthralled with her ability to weave the words into a sometimes-shocking conclusion. Some individuals may also see a bit of themselves in Mairs’s characters as they read about the changes that require the protagonists to cope with their situations. Mairs has studied psychology, and it’s easy to see the psychological elements in these stories. Readers who enjoy twists and surprise endings will like A Recycled Marriage, and the book would be a wonderful addition to any library or personal bookshelf.