By Phyllis Barber
While Phyllis Barber's thirty-three-year marriage disintegrated, she needed to redefine herself as a girl, mom, and artist. She additionally needed to reconcile the jarring dissonance among her idealistic Mormon imaginative and prescient of marriage as a dating that will undergo via all eternity, and the painful fact of mutual infidelities and disparate wishes. "Raw Edges" is Barber's relocating account of her trip throughout the 'lean years' that her divorce and her thoughts of a protracted, eventful marriage among talented and loving humans. Barber's route to a brand new id was once rocky and infrequently deeply bothered. there has been a blighted cross-country bicycle journey; a tortured dating with a drug addict; a moment failed marriage; and, classes of ordinary melancholy. This tale is interwoven with a story of the wedding itself, a wedding that all started with 'sealing' in a Mormon temple, persisted in the course of the delivery of 4 sons and the improvement of 2 careers, yet foundered while the couple's hopes and private wishes did not fit their positive expectancies and the inflexible strictures of Mormon lifestyles. "Raw Edges" displays the obstacle that many ladies adventure as marriages collapse, households disintegrate, and folks fail to accomplish the expectancies that their society or religion units for them. it's also a narrative of desire, of ways a lady triumph over by way of grief and confusion ultimately reinvents herself and unearths a brand new lifestyle. eventually, "Raw Edges" is a love tale, approximately what we discover in existence to like, and approximately how love and the facility to like live on ache and betrayal.