This book is a guide for relationships, in the form of a fictional account of a couples communication workshop and the couples who participate in it. The narrators in the book are Sarah and Gene, a retired couple whose long relationship has hit a rough patch. Other couples are Gina and Doris, whose different living habits are a strain on their relationship; Amir and Mei, who are navigating recovery from an infidelity; and Angela and Dave, a couple with young children who are on the verge of breaking up. The leaders of the class are Jessica and Carlos, who are balancing professional lives and having a family. The couples learn to change their habits of thinking, starting with compassion towards themselves.
This is a book for couples who want to experience more closeness—making everyday conversations more satisfying. It's a book for partners who want to speak up for their needs in a way that their partner can hear them without taking offense. It's a book for couples who want to experience the enjoyment of mutual acceptance and giving to each other.