Marriage Vacation by Pauline Turner Brooks: when life imitates art


In season four of Darren Star’s hit TV Land series Younger, the editors at Empirical Press are shocked and deeply moved when they read Marriage Vacation, an autobiographical novel by the publisher’s estranged wife, Pauline Turner Brooks. Knowing the book will cause a sensation, they decide they must publish it. Now you can read what the hype is about—including page 58 that had everyone buzzing (…and blushing).

Marriage Vacation is for anyone who has ever fantasized about what it would be like to run away from it all.

By all appearances, Kate Carmichael has the perfect life: two adorable daughters, a prewar townhouse on the Upper East Side, and a husband who runs one of the most successful publishing companies in New York.

But when Kate attends a wedding and reconnects with successful friends from graduate school, she suddenly sees her life in a different light: the career she didn’t pursue, the dreams she’s locked away, the empty veneer of her privilege.

When the wedding weekend ends, instead of heading home to her husband and family, Kate gets on a plane and flies halfway around the world. She claims it’s just going to be for a week—two max—just so she can clear her head and reconnect with her lost dreams. But the adventure doesn’t go quite as planned.

This provocative and gripping novel asks: Is a wife and mother allowed to have a midlife crisis? And, if she does, can she ever be forgiven?

Taken from the publisher’s website:

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Why should you read this book?

Younger fans, I know you recognize this book! Marriage Vacation by Pauline Turner Brooks is the book published by the fictional publishing house Empirical Press on TV Land series Younger. I am a huge fan of the show so when Simon & Schuster recently released this book, I was thrilled. I knew I had to read it!!

Marriage Vacation tells the story of Kate, a woman who’s going through a midlife crisis. After marrying Karl and becoming a mother, Kate leaves her biggest dream behind: writing. When the main character attends the wedding of two of her oldest friends, she faces what she lost. When the celebration ends, Kate needs to make a decision: should she go back to New York to her old life or should she leave for Thailand and try to discover herself?

This book isn’t what I usually read but I thought it was pretty good within its genre. It was definitely the perfect beach read. I basically devoured it in a day because it’s really accessible and a page-turner. If you’re a Younger fan, you’ll love it because you’ll really feel connected to the series. If you’ve never watched the show but really dig romance, then this is also your book!

I’d like to thank Simon & Schuster for the free copy. You can buy it here.

“I feel like I’m running in place while my girls grow up and start to become these magnificent human beings. I want them to be proud of me, to see me do something real with my life, and I’m not even proud of myself. I just feel like I don’t even recognize my life—or myself sometimes.”

Book Details:

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published on: June 2018
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
Price: $26.00

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