Book: The Cure for Love - A novel about Life's Most Sublime Affliction by Michael O.L. Seabaughcategories: Book, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Marriage, Relationship Novel, Leonard Cohen, Relationships
Michael O.L. Seabaughabout this book: The CURE FOR LOVE is a novel about life's most sublime affliction. It was inspired by 25 year career as a psychotherapist (and still counting), dealing mostly with relationship issues. I can safely say that most everyone who has sought my help has been in a struggle with love: gaining, keeping and loosing it. I have learned quite a bit in participating in these struggles (and yes, a few of my own!) and I always thought I might metabolize this knowledge into a "self-help" book about relationships and love. The idea sickened me whenever I approached it. To reduce love and its afflictions to bullet points was anathema to me. Instead, I ended up writing a novel about the complexities of love and relationship, telling the story of Andrew, an earnest young man who is trying to make love work with his fascinating but frustrating fiancé.
He seeks out the help of Dr. Jack Cochran, who has written one of those reductive self-help books, Winning at the Game of Love. Unbeknownst to Andrew, the doctor has failed miserably in his own marriage to an equally fascinating yet maddening woman named Alexandra. This background, unknown to Andrew, informs their therapeutic dialogue in some very surprising ways. When some shocking information is revealed about Andrew's relationship with his fiancé, the two men are hurled into an ethically murky situation that results in tragedy and ultimately, a greater understanding of what love requires. In other words, I hopefully have managed to dress up a self-help tome in the more interesting and complex raiment of a compelling human drama.
• "An intense psychological dissection of love...Seabaugh is a skillful writer, and readers are likely to empathize with Jack's decisions, good and bad." Kirkus Reviews
• "THE CURE FOR LOVE isa mystery, a complex and compelling tale, and a revelatory read about the human heart." Dr. Jennifer Freed, author of The Ultimate Personality Guide and Lessons from Stanely the Cat.
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