Dear Prudence

Dear Prudence: The “Sell the Damn Ring” Edition

Should I tell everyone that my ex-fiancé was cheating? Help!

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Prudence is joined this week by writer and film critic Willow Maclay. Maclay runs the website Curtsies and Hand Grenades and is co-author of the upcoming book Corpses, Fools & Monsters: An Examination of Transgender Cinema.

Together, they tackle letters about how to get along with the sometimes-annoying family who took you in, what to do when you can no longer afford the travel expenses of your long-distance relationship, what to do when you still have feelings for a cheating ex-fiancé, how to handle your family’s demands for holiday time when they don’t align with your partner’s family, and what actions to take when your wife of 25 years suddenly blames you for the life she didn’t have. Also, Prudie reads a letter from a white woman who is wondering if it’s wrong that she feels more connected to black children than children of other races.

Slate Plus members will hear Prudie and Maclay discuss a letter writer who wants to be single but is afraid of loneliness, and another letter writer who is wondering whether she should help the alcoholic mom who abandoned her.

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Production by Phil Surkis.