Two-Part Invention: The Story of a Marriage

Two-Part Invention Two-Part Invention HarperCollins

Madeleine L'Engle

HarperOne, 1989

 In what is one admirer's favorite book on marriage, L'Engle shares the joys and challenges of her forty-year marriage with Hugh Franklin and the heartbreak of his losing battle with cancer in 1986.  The book was first published in 1988.

"...this story of her marriage surpasses her best work so far.... As expected, she writes beautifully here, sharing funny, exuberant and trying moments of the ``two-part invention.''... Reading the book is a profound spiritual experience." -Publishers Weekly

"L'Engle's memoir is aptly titled, for in it she skillfully weaves past and present, integrating her background, courtship, and marriage to actor Hugh Franklin with an account of his six-month battle with cancer.... Readers will be deeply moved by his wife's struggles to understand and cope, drawing strength from family, friends, and religion." -Library Journal

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