A Special Relationship

A Special Relationship

Book - 2004
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Random House, Inc.
This is serious popular fiction — a true page-turner — about an American woman in London whose entire life is turned upside down, and London becomes a very foreign place.

This is the story of Sally Goodchild, a thirty-seven-year-old American, who, after nearly two decades as a highly independent journalist, suddenly finds herself pregnant and in London, married to an English foreign correspondent, Tony Thompson, whom she met while they were both on assignment in Cairo. From the outset, Sally’s relationship with both Tony and London is an uneasy one — especially as she finds her husband and his city to be far more foreign than she imagined. But her adjustment problems are soon overshadowed by a troubled pregnancy. When she goes into premature labour, there are doubts whether her child will survive unscathed. And then, out of nowhere, Sally is hit by an appalling post-natal depression — a descent into a temporary, but very personal hell, which even sees her articulating a homicidal thought against her baby.

However, when she does manage to extricate herself from this desperate dark wood, she finds herself in a fresh new nightmare — as she discovers that everything can be taken down and used against you…especially by a spouse who now considers you an unfit mother and wants to bar you from ever seeing your child again.

Publisher: 2004
ISBN: 9780099468264
Characteristics: p. ; cm


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Bierlingen Apr 15, 2013

One of the most gripping tales of new motherhood in a foreign country. I found this book impossible to put down and highly recommend it, mainly to women readers. The way Douglas Kennedy is able to understand and articulate the post partum difficulties of a new mother is done in a very convincing way. Another fantastic writer who, like Carol Shields and Richard B. Wright, is effectively and believably able to cross the barrier to the other gender.

Jul 24, 2008

Terrible book! A total waste of time that I will never regain! Please save yourself the aggravation. The story is completely unreal - the characters unbelievable, the plot just plain stupid. The whole post partum thing was very upsetting and unrealistic.

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