I have enrolled in the BookSparks University Fall Reading Challenge for 2014. Do you like my school ID? Hee hee. My first course is Guide To Women's Studies and my required reading is Mating For Life by Marissa Stapley.
About The Book:
With pitch-perfect honesty and heartwarming humor, this captivating debut explores marriage, motherhood, identity, and what it takes to love someone - family members, friends, or spouses - for life. Former folk singer Helen Sear was a feminist wild child who proudly disdained monogamy, raising three daughters - each by a different father - largely on her own. Now in her sixties, Helen has fallen in love with a traditional man who desperately wants to marry her. And while she fears losing him, she’s equally afraid of abandoning everything she’s ever stood for if she goes through with it. Meanwhile, Helen’s youngest daughter, Liane, is in the heady early days of a relationship with her soul mate. But he has an ex-wife and two kids, and her new role as a “step-something” doesn’t come with an instruction manual. Ilsa, an artist, has put her bohemian past behind her and is fervently hoping her second marriage will stick. Yet her world feels like it is slowly shrinking, and her painting is suffering as a result - and she realizes she may need to break free again, even if it means disrupting the lives of her two young children. And then there’s Fiona, the eldest sister, who has worked tirelessly to make her world pristine, yet who still doesn’t feel at peace. When she discovers her husband has been harboring a huge secret, Fiona loses her tenuous grip on happiness and is forced to face some truths about herself that she’d rather keep buried. Interweaving the alternating perspectives of Helen, her daughters, and the women surrounding them, each new chapter brings a wise and tender look at single life, dating rituals, and marital unease. Marissa Stapley celebrates the many roles modern women play, and shows that even though happy endings aren’t one-size-fits-all, some loves really can last for life.
I love love love this book. It brings together the many different women in one family and their stories, each interwoven together, but vastly different. I think of this as a love story, between men and women, between sisters, and most of all between a mother and her daughters.
About The Author:
Marissa Stapley describes herself as a National Magazine Award nominated writer and former magazine editor whose work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, National Post, Elle Canada, and many others. Mating for Life is her first novel. When she's not writing, she's reading. Some of her favorite authors are Meg Wolitzer, Julia Glass, Alice Munro, John Irving, Lauren Groff, Margaret Atwood, and James Salter. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two children, where she teaches writing, and is working on another novel.
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