Megan Harlan
September 03, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Couples: Scenes From the Inside

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Self-Help and Psychology

We gave it a B-

After studying more than 100 diverse couples — from pilots to puppeteers, lesbian lovers to five-decade-long marrieds — Cambridge University professor Sally Cline deduces that there is a ”Relationship Revolution” afoot: People are marrying less but divorcing and cohabiting more. Unfortunately, Couples: Scenes from the Inside often presents such well-worn data as revelations, and mismatches revealing interviews with facile, alliterative self-help tips (chapters cover the ”five C’s” of coupledom — commitment, communication, change, compromise, and cherishing — all being, you know, good things). But the final chapter, ”Creative Couples,” really swings: Cline delves into successful two-artist relationships, including the 17-year marriage of Brit novelists Margaret Drabble and Michael Holroyd.

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