AFTER THE WEDDING by Hila Colman

AFTER THE WEDDING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

. . . comes the divorce, with only a brief interlude for marriage and parenthood in between. While the author tells us that eighteen-year-old Katie and slightly older Peter are well-matched, she never shows us more than their superficial aspects and almost as soon as they move to the country Peter turns into a Male Chauvinist Pig, yielding to the materialistic society they both professed to abhor prior to the wedding. One wonders what communication ever existed between these two, who seem oblivious to planned parenthood, among other things (her pregnancy is a big surprise, though acceptable to both). After Peter moves back to the city during the week to pursue a media career, Katie is increasingly pressured to give up her pottery-making and rural life and become a ""good wife""; she resists, being her own person, and despite a brief reconciliation around the time of daughter Laura's birth, divorce ensues. About all to be gleaned from the story, other than the perils (and a few pleasures) of liberated womanhood in marriage, is a confirmation of the statistics on the failure of teenage marriages. Shallow sociology.

Pub Date: Sept. 17th, 1975
Page count: 191pp
Publisher: Morrow