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“Sometimes Marriage is a Real Crime” is a nostalgic novel demonstrating how all our beliefs, traditions and tragedies occurring while we are young, transform us into the people we ultimately become.
Smart, spunky, tomboyish Katie LeVay is a seven year old “Daddy's girl”, thriving in a typical 1950s family environment until life becomes complicated after her father abandons the family. Divorce is rare in the early '60s, but small town gossip is not. Comfort food becomes Kate's antidote.
Through personal sacrifice, her mother Vicky, strives to keep her family together and off welfare. This work ethic is incomprehensible to a young girl who simply wants a mom at home. She buries that loneliness with food. Vicky, dismayed at Kate's eating habits, takes her to a doctor and ultimately a downward spiral of diet plans.
While her mom discovers her feminist voice, circumstances eventually thrust Kate into the necessity of teenage independence.
Falling for one of her brother's charming fraternity friends, Richard Madison, Kate vows to win him as her own. Be careful what you wish for, her mother warns. But with stars in her eyes Kate dismisses her warning.
After attending The Fashion Institute of NY, and with a promising career on the horizon , Kate and Rich, now a television intern, meet again and begin dating. When a tragic turn of events forces Kate to return home, Rich proposes. Marriage only confirms that Vicky had been right. Knowing about infidelity but still loving the person is painful and Kate once again covers her loneliness with food as she tries harder to be the perfect wife.
She visits a Nutritional Counselor who forces her to see herself as she truly is. Only by rediscovering herself can she discern the true reason behind her out-of-control eating and effectively change her self-destructing habits.
Upon the birth of a daughter, Kate believes now she'll have someone who won't abandon her. However on a trip to New York, five year old Cassie is abducted and although this tragedy at first draws Kate and Rich closer, she secretly blames his carelessness for their loss. She, just as her mother did, dedicates herself to work to hide from the pain and gossip. Several years later to escape her childhood home, she accepts a public relations position in Boston. Rich reluctantly resigns his television anchor position to support her.
Even this new start cannot change Rich's womanizing. How many betrayals can one person endure? With years of nutritional education now behind her, Kate embarks methodically on a mission of revenge. Determined to extract her justice in this game as easily as she plays chess, will she prevail? She knows which moves to play.

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