By Barbara Delinsky
Every little thing Claire Raphael has she's earned. On her personal. The challenging approach. She equipped her part-time enterprise up from not anything and made it profitable via her mind's eye, creativity, and difficult paintings. She has nice kids and Dennis, a husband she loves thoroughly. Then, one night, whilst Claire returns from a tricky work trip, Dennis arms her divorce papers in addition to a court docket order to vacate their apartment. Claire is devastated. She had no concept her marriage used to be near to catastrophe, that Dennis have been making plans this ambush for weeks, if no longer months, or that her disturbing yet satisfied lifestyles was once approximately to come back crashing down round her. Claire does not recognize the place to show or whom to belief. yet in a number of brief weeks she learns what such a lot of ladies have needed to discover—that whilst the going will get tricky, a woman's as tricky as she should be.
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Dennis usually headed in the opposite direction when the children were sick. He claimed he didn't want to get in the way. " "Okay. I didn't get to give my butterfly report yet, because Sammy Hayes took too long giving his one on stars, so I'm giving mine tomorrow. Johnny wants to talk. " The voice turned away and yelled, "I do not have a big mouth, she knew it anyway, you always get As in math--no, I want to talk more, I'm not done--" "Hi, Mom," Johnny said and my throat knotted up again. I swallowed hard, pressed the tissue to my eyes.
Letting an associate handle my case? Barraging me with accusations at a time when I already felt skinned? "Well, I'm not running a charity here," he growled in a playful way that I found distinctly condescending. "Come on. You know how things work. " I cried in anger. " "I dare say you aren't one to panic. Calm, cool, and ballsy. " I stood. "Thanks for your time, Mr. " "I'm only saying what any judge will be thinking. Times have changed, Mrs. Raphael. Women like you aren't helpless. They aren't vulnerable.
My life was fine. Our lives were fine. Dennis was never a full-time father. He never wanted to be one. " "Probably for money," Carmen said. I gawked. " "We do. Our savings are in joint accounts. " I was about to say twice as much. 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.
A Woman's Place by Barbara Delinsky