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Ellen, he thought, and the name seemed to him to hold everything he might possibly want to say to her....He looked at her lying on her side of the bed, looked too at the space she had left beside her. That was his side, because he was her husband. And she was his wife."
Griffin is a happy man. Settled comfortably in a Chicago suburb, he adores his eight-year-old daughter, Zoe, and his wife, Ellen -- shy, bookish Ellen, who is as dependable as she is dependent on him for his stability and his talent for gently controlling the world they inhabit. But when he wakes one morning to hear of his wife's love affair with another man and her request for a divorce, Griffin's view of life is irrevocably altered. Overnight he goes from being Ellen's husband to being her roommate, from a lover to a man denied passion and companionship. Now he must either move on or fight for his marriage, forgive his wife or condemn her for her betrayal, deny or face up to his part in the sudden undoing of his seemingly perfect life.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Open House and True to Form comes a brilliant novel that charts the days and nights of a family whose normalcy has been shattered. With startling clarity and a trademark blend of humor and poignancy, Say When follows a man on an emotional journey to redefine his notions about love and happiness and asks questions relevant to any contemporary couple: when is a relationship worth saving and when is it better to let it go? Might a man and a woman define betrayal differently? How honest are we with those to whom we are ostensibly closest?
Searingly honest, Say When is an engaging and memorable story that takes readers into the heart of a modern marriage, where intimacy and love, denial and pain, so often collide.

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Say When
November 23rd, 2013
I want to express how I loved this Elizabeth Berg novel where she wrote from the mans perspective and he's the injured party in this emotional family drama. The reason I didn't give a five star is due to the fact I found out Frank Griffin the main character was 38 yrs old. Elizabeth's writing had me envisioning he was 68. I always feel I'm reading a period piece when I read a novel by Elizabeth Berg, stories situated in the 50's or 60's. For example this exert from the book "Hugh women with an exaggerated brown bouffant appeared", really in this day and age when is there going to be a bouffant appear, she just writes in a way that has me envisioning Ward and June Cliver. I did however read the book in one sitting cover to cover. Recommend to read to get a male perspective.
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