"Charlotte Fedders has helped us understand the plight of an abused woman."--The Wall Street Journal
As related to Elliott, Fedders's story moves from her birth in Maryland in 1943, through 16 years as an abused wife, to her divorce in 1985 from John R. Fedders, an official of the Securities Exchange Commission. The couple lived graciously in Washington, where in the privacy of their home the husband beat his wife and browbeat their five sons. In a less melodramatic telling, the book would more forcefully call needed attention to the problem of abused women. It is made abundantly clear that Fedders suffered brutality but the reason why she endured it for so many years is not satisfactorily explained. Elliott's contention that the victim's Catholic upbringing trained her to submissiveness is not entirely convincing. And there is no analysis of why the husband, with the same religious background, became a dangerous bully.
She suffered physical and emotional abuse for 17 years in her lovely
5 bedroom home with her lawyer husband and 5 sons. Everyone thought she had the perfect life.
i have to say- this is actually a good book
it is engaging, well written, insightful and interesting. (surprising given the subject matter)
I enjoyed this book. Knowing nothing about it I really was expecting a murder, but instead got a book about abuse. That being said I liked the book. It was well written and I read every word. Having had a great marriage (55 years) it's hard to believe that these things happen. But of course they do. This opened my eyes to what can happen in a marriage, even if you are so in love. If you are into this genre you will like this book.