According to the book, Kathleen Wynne and Peter Cowperthwaite were "university sweethearts." After graduating they lived together for a few years and got married in 1977. Peter who was a successful accountant provided a good living while Kathleen stayed home and raised three kids.
"Kathleen loved being a mother. When the kids were young, she awoke each day with a sense of well being knowing that she was following all the rules for the first time in her life. She was reaping lots of approval, baking muffins, taking part in neighborhood garage sales, attending kids school council meetings, and thinking to herself, "I'm doing this quite well, Oh my God, how did this happen. I didn't expect to be living this perfect life." pg15
"They had beautiful kids, and affluence but the sexual energy had become muted, and Kathleen knew "there had been a wild women in me that hadn't been around for a while." (p.17)
So, 13 years into their marriage, Kathleen Wynne decided to have a homosexual affair with her best friend Jane Rounthwaite. This happened when Jane accompanied Kathleen who was looking to purchase a family cottage. 2
"I know this isn't a story about how I came out as a lesbian but it was finding my sexual energy that led me to break with Phil." (17)
Notice, how Wynne uses the words "finding my sexual energy," like she was Luke Skywalker searching for the Force. Most people would use the words "sexual attracted to," but for the sodomite the term "sexual attraction" is way too connected to the rest of the natural order, i.e. having children.
Also if Wynne uses the term "sexually attracted to" as opposed to "finding my sexual energy," she's less likely to receive sympathy since most married couples are attracted to other people but honour their marriage vows rather than destroy their loved ones.
"Three months later, Jane moved in with Kathleen and Peter.
Jane and Kathleen slept on the second floor where the children's bedrooms were located while Peter (Wynne's husband) stayed in the basement.
Jessie, who was nine, and Chris who was eleven, were livid."
"Almost in the same breath, their children knew their parents were splitting up and their mom had a new partner, a woman." (18)
The book tells us that while this new arrangement made sense to the adults, "to the three little children whose lives were being turned inside out, it didn't. They were not happy." (18)
Wynne's partner was/is a woman named Jane Rounthwaite. The book says that "Jane had secretly been in love with Kathleen for 18 years and getting together with Kathleen was the realization of a dream.
Rounthwaite told the Toronto Star, "I waited 18 years for her, basically, from the time I met Kath in 1973, I was just waiting – through her marriage, through my own relationship (with a woman) – I just waited all those years." 3
She waited like a snake in the grass for an opportunity to destroy a marriage just to satisfy her own vice.
And of course the neighbors who shunned her were merely judgmental. Rounthwaite states.
"There were people in the neighborhood who disapproved, so they said they were worried about the children, but I think their concerns went way beyond the needs of the children […] I was the first lesbian many of them had ever met, and in this configuration I was certainly the home-wrecker so I had the experience of people really avoiding me on the street." (22)
No, it would never would occur to Rounthwaite that these people shunned her for seducing a married woman with three children. At least there were some decent folk in the neighborhood.
In Wynne's own words, "I was the bitch of the place, I'm the one who has the temper. I'm the one who is volatile. I'm the one who cried the most and was the most difficult to deal with." (20)
Peter (left) thought he was sacrificing for the sake of children. But in fact he failed by subjecting his children under his own roof to his wife's deviant relationship. Perhaps, if had acted with more self respect, and kicked his wife out, he might have even rescued his marriage. Wynne may have quickly come to her senses. But he stayed for years in the basement tacitly condoning the perversity of the situation instead of trying to rescue his children, particularly his oldest son Chris, from witnessing the insanity day after day.