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The love contract

The love contract

Margaret Sutherland’s The love contract (1976) is a satirical exploration of 1970s suburban life. Newly married couple Kate and Rex Goodman move into the sparkling new suburb of Comfrey. The initial excitement soon wanes as the couple deal with the birth of their three children, the loss of their religious faith and its replacement with materialism, and Kate’s suburban neurosis. Her feeling of unfulfillment leads to an extramarital affair, causing the couple to re-evaluate their feelings for each other.

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New Women's Press
Reference: Margaret Sutherland, The love contract. Auckland, New Women's Press, 1984
Artwork by Pamela Wolfe

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Ben Schrader, 'City images - The city in literature', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 January 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010