By Alec Harvey
There was a time when Vicki Covington was flying high in the literary world.
Short stories published in The New Yorker had led to five highly acclaimed books: 1988’s “Gathering Home,” 1990’s “Bird of Paradise,” 1992’s “Night Ride Home,” 1996’s “The Last Hotel For Women” and 1999’s “Cleaving: The Story of a Marriage.”
“Cleaving,” a no-holds-barred look at her marriage, co-written with husband Dennis Covington, took its toll on the couple, with some readers taking particular offense to its tales of infidelity.“I felt burned after that book came out,” Covington says. “We had to leave our church. There was just a lot of pain about some things that were said about the honesty of the book.”
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