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- KurzbeschreibungThe bestselling author of The Between Boyfriends Book and an award-winning writer for Sex and the City and Modern Family takes a hilarious, heartbreaking look at marriage
Cindy Chupack has spent much of her adult life writing about dating and relationships for several hit TV series and as a sex columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine . At the age of thirty-nine, she finally found The One-and a wealth of new material.
Marriage, Cindy discovered, was more of an adventure than she ever imagined, and in this collection of essays she deftly examines the comedy and cringe-worthy aspects of matrimony. Soulful yet self-deprecating, The Longest Date recounts her first marriage (he was gay) and the meeting of Husband No. 2, Ian.
After the courtship and ceremony, both Cindy and Ian realized that happily ever after takes some practice, and near constant negotiation over everyday matters like cooking, sex, holidays, monogamy, and houseguests. The Longest Date takes a serious turn when it comes to infertility.
The Longest Date is the perfect companion for anyone navigating a serious relationship, be it newlyweds or couples moving in that direction.
- AutorCindy Chupack
- VerlagPenguin LCC US
- Seiten212 Seiten
- Gewicht172 g
I've always been a romantic. When I was single, I slept only with men I believed I could marry.
That would be admirable except for one detail: I slept with a lot of men.
A lot a lot.
I'm not going to tell you the exact number because my parents might read this book, and they certainly don't need to know the tally.
And also, I don't know it. Don't judge me.
I was single for a long time. Alcohol was often involved.
I didn't keep a guest book by my bed, so, yes, some names were lost along the way.
The point is not my incomplete sexual history, okay? It's the more troublesome issue that every time there was a man inside of me, there was also a voice inside of me saying This might be the man I marry!
Clearly, I knew nothing about the reality of marriage. Or hormones.
I'm not sure which was more dangerous-my casual atti- tude toward sex or my delusions of love-but one led to the other in a decade-long binge of salty and sweet, horny and hopeful.
Finally, after enough relationship wreckage to fill a book ( The Between Boyfriends Book ), two magazine columns, and five seasons of Sex and the City , at the age of thirty-eight I found a guy I absolutely did not want to marry, and, of course, he's the guy I wound up marrying.
I'm not saying I settled. I'm saying I met a wildly attrac- tive, interesting, smart, funny guy who had so many red flags-many of which he voluntarily and repeatedly waved in my face-that I told my coworkers at Sex and the City , "Do not let me fall for this one," and that's when, they say, they knew that I would do precisely that.
We'd all seen the romantic comedies; we drank the Kool- Aid. Hell, we were making the Kool-Aid. So it was hilariously predicatable that, like every other rom-com heroine, I found my happy ending when I least expected it, music up, wedding montage, cue credits!
Turns out "happily ever after" is the epitome of lazy writing. Maybe fictional characters live happily ever after, but for the nonfictional rest of us, the story continues with a lot more complexity, and in a way, marriage winds up being the longest date ever.
And however much we think we know how to do dating, on this date, you can't decide not to see him again because you're tired of hearing him talk about cheese. For example.
You have to try to work things out, or at least appear to try, and as it turns out, I was completely unprepared for this job.
I got married at forty (despite my lobbying efforts to move the wedding up a month so I would still be thirty-nine). I re- member complaining to friends that, because of my age, my husband and I would have to start trying to have kids right away
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