The Willoughbys is an informal series of fictional stories by Sydney Gregory. Some of them deal with traditional family relationships, while others are more contemporary. You can enjoy an online version of the first story, No More Worrying About Women, which is included in this collection of short stories. Or read it online as a stand-alone piece.
There is not too much wrong with the first story in the Willoughbys, No More Worrying About Women, but readers who are used to serious dramas with a certain degree of plot might find the subject matter of the story a little too close to home. The title is a reference to the way that women react to a seemingly good husband, particularly if he has not had to work for some time. While it is true that he might have been able to support his family better, his absence has left them feeling betrayed and unhappy.
The second story in the Willoughbys is called The Stand Off, and it focuses on the relationship between a husband and wife in their working lives. While there is a battle between each party over the possession of a painting, the central conflict is not between the husband and wife but between career and family. Since one may become separated from both, a divorce might be inevitable.
The third story in the Willoughbys is called Sex and the Cutters and features a husband and wife who also have young children. Their sexual relationship is not as active as the preceding story, but they do enjoy a small amount of intimacy. It is not a relationship that is very easy to sustain, because the problem lies with how children react to the sexual acts of the adults.
The fourth story in the Willoughbys, No Love Like Family, involves a husband and wife who try to care for their children as well as for each other. This is probably the most politically correct story in the collection, as the family is headed by a conservative politician. It is not really a story about families but about how children respond to different things.
The fifth story in the Willoughbys, A Dream Within a Dream, is a bit of a departure from the genre. It is not really a short story at all, but a book chapter by chapter, so readers can go back and read it anytime they want. This story deals with the couple who do not share a bed, which is even more controversial than the previous ones.
The sixth story in the Willoughbys, By Any Means Necessary, is a typical example of what most people have heard of these stories. It revolves around the question of whether the social mores are changing in America or not. When someone in the family feels that the moral code has changed, he or she might start behaving differently, to which the other members of the family tries to bring the same change.
The Willoughbys is an informal collection of short stories, which reflects the mood of its readers, and the nature of the series as well. It is quite humorous, but some of the stories in the collection, such as No Love Like Family, can be very disturbing.