Reviewer tells author to man up and shut up, critiquing his mockery of a 20 year marriage

Is a failed marriage funny? A new book is described as a “tedious diatribe" by “a sad, pointless, immature man walking away from his family because he can’t bear to be wrong." That author has built a stage & now literary career on humor at his family's expense is exploitive.

Online PR News – 05-April-2013 – South Orange – New York Journal of Books reviewer Jillian Abbott, writer, journalist and author, is outspoken and particularly so in her latest review of Life in a Marital Institution: Twenty Years of Monogamy in One Terrifying Memoir by James Braly.

“This new volley, a tedious diatribe, chronicles in excruciating detail author Braly’s complete abdication of responsibility for everything that has happened in his marriage.”

And no, Ms. Abbott points out, “a wife is not the same as a prostitute with only one client.”

Life in a Marital Institution chronicles Mr. Braly’s failed marriage. The book’s publicity statements tout his uncommon perspective as the tortured husband. In response reviewer Abbott bellows, “Get outta here.” We have all seen this approach before, many times over in various media.

“Hello? Have they never seen HBO? Showtime? Prime time? Any station but PBS? American culture is awash with masculine arrested development. It’s the reason Jay McInerney is considered literature while Candice Bushnell is mere chick lit. “Often unspoken?”
This book boasts an attractive cover that features an image of a cock locked in an undersized birdcage. Ms. Abbott locks onto the image with the following lament;
“His pathetic crowing makes one stare longingly at the cover, wishing that Mr. Braly was one cock that had stayed in the cage.”

In the face of Census statistics that cite single mothers and their children as the largest impoverished group in America, Ms. Abbott describes Braly’s indulgent rumblings as disgraceful. Bringing the conversation closer to home, she goes on to assert Mr. Braly’s disrespect for his family and their feelings, not to mention the damaging effect these public comments may have.

“Mr. Braly has been dining out on his wife for years, shamelessly exploiting her, their children, and her devotion to their children. Thirteen therapists later and he still can’t have an adult conversation with her, resorting instead to talking about her behind her back in public and making their children the objects of ridicule.”
Jillian Abbott acknowledges James Braly’s writing talents. However, it is impossible to focus on those when are employed throughout most of the book to smash his family to pieces. In the end Mr. Braly does acknowledge the meaningful role his wife has played in his life, but this is viewed as “too little, too late” and leaves one to question “Why did Mr. Braly decide to tell his dull tale in public?”

In the end Ms. Abbott has this to say, “Stop spreading gossip about your family. Start protecting your sons whose existence makes you immortal and simultaneously more important and dangerous than the boys from Entourage. Show some respect for the woman who made their existence possible.”

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