A Woman's Place by Barbara Delinsky

By Barbara Delinsky

Every thing Claire Raphael has she's earned. On her personal. The tough means. She outfitted her part-time company up from not anything and made it profitable via her mind's eye, creativity, and difficult paintings. She has nice youngsters and Dennis, a husband she loves thoroughly. Then, one night, while Claire returns from a tricky business journey, Dennis palms her divorce papers in addition to a court docket order to vacate their apartment. Claire is devastated. She had no notion her marriage used to be close to catastrophe, that Dennis were making plans this ambush for weeks, if no longer months, or that her stressful yet chuffed existence used to be approximately to return crashing down round her. Claire does not recognize the place to show or whom to belief. yet in a couple of brief weeks she learns what such a lot of girls have needed to discover—that whilst the going will get tricky, a woman's as tricky as she has to be.

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Hillary had always had her eye on him. She still did, and she wasn't alone. He could deny it all he wanted, but women looked when he passed. I knew. I traveled with him. He was currently seeing a woman named Ellen McKenzie. She was an artist with a loft in Boston's South End and was a knock-out in an unconventional way, if the picture of them Hillary had run several months back was anything to go by. He didn't see her every week. I doubted he had long term designs on her. The sex was probably great.

You're allowed. But maybe you ought to speak with Dennis first. " Panic was creeping in again. "I'm a responsible mother. I haven't put my kids at risk any more than any mother who lets them out of the house to play. This is crazy. So is talk of a divorce. Dennis didn't say one word when I left here a week ago last Friday. We were on perfectly good terms. " I looked at the house, my house, the one from which I'd been banned. " "See a lawyer. You have until Monday to appear in court. " I headed north, toward New Hampshire and the children.

Then I thought about the figures we had reported to the IRS the April before. I hadn't paid much heed to them then, rarely did when it came to comparisons. Dennis was thin-skinned. If I looked at him the wrong way at tax time, he bristled. Thinking about those figures now, though, I realized that saying I earned twice what he did was an understatement. " "No. The discrepancy will be greater. " "Partly. He doesn't have to work. " I hesitated. Dennis was my husband. Badmouthing him to a stranger seemed wrong.

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