The author of the steamy & # 39; must-read of the summer & # 39; says it is more socially acceptable for a woman to take a & # 39; deceptive thing & # 39; than to admit feelings for another man
- Author Mary Loudon & # 39; s debut novel My House Is Falling Down causes a stir
- Tells the story of a mother telling her husband about her feelings for another man
- Loudon says it's more acceptable for women to lie about things than to be honest
- Added is a stricter standard for women, especially if they are mothers
It is more socially acceptable for women to do & # 39; deceptive things & # 39; than to be honest about having feelings for someone else, the author of new summer must-read has claimed.
The British writer Mary Loudon, 52, has received praise for her first novel My House Is Falling Down, which tells the story of Lucy, a married forty-two men of the two who is attracted to a man 20 years older.
But instead of keeping her feelings secret, Lucy decides to tell her husband Mark about the situation – and ask what she should do.
Mary Loudon & # 39; s novel My House Is Falling Down tells the story of a married mother of forty, who is attracted to a man who is 20 years older than she is. Pictured, Loudon in 2006
The steamy novel follows as the couple navigates through the situation, which Loudon described to the Daily telegram as & # 39; a love triangle where nobody actually lies to someone & # 39 ;.
The book, Loudon's first attempt at fiction after a series of non-fiction titles, was published less than two weeks ago, but is already causing a stir.
It inspired a Woman & # 39; s Hour debate on this topic last week and was praised by critics and fellow authors who have shared their & # 39; truthful & # 39; have praised research into marriage and a long-term relationship.
The novel challenges the expectations that readers – and society as a whole – seem to place on women in the context of infidelity. Stock photo
Loudon explained the new challenges that the readers' expectations – and society as a whole – seem to place on women in the context of infidelity.
& # 39; My feeling is that for a married woman with children it is more socially acceptable to have a fraudulent affair than to openly acknowledge that you love someone else & # 39 ;, said the author.
My House Is Falling Down is one of the must-reads of this summer
She added that we are happy to reject the infidelity of men because we throw away a fly at the window, but when a woman pushes the boundaries, people react as if they undermine the structure of our society. & # 39;
The book tells the story of photographer Lucy, who has six-year-old twins with husband Mark.
A a meeting in an art gallery marks the beginning of Lucy & # 39; s relationship with Angus, a pianist who is 20 years older.
But instead of reacting aggressively when his wife tells him she met someone else, Mark decides to wait patiently – again challenging the standards.
Loudon explained: “He does not consider Lucy his, and yet he is dedicated to her.
& # 39; One problem is that men are expected to behave aggressively when their partners disappoint them, but there are plenty of men waiting while waiting is the most appropriate thing to do.
Mark, however, is becoming increasingly resentful, while Angus is calling for Lucy to become more involved. Eventually she is forced to make a decision.
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