Life in A Marital Institution
A full-length account based on the author's one-man show by the same title offers insight into an unlikely marriage from a husband's perspective and considers such misadventures as extended breastfeeding, cooking with placenta and a sister who prefers her imminent death to the author's marital woes. 25,000 first printing.
The marriage memoir—from Elizabeth Gilbert's Committed to Isabel Gillies’s It Happens Every Day —has been a balm to beleaguered wives everywhere. But who speaks for the husbands--and tells you what you never get to hear from your girlfriends? In this sharp, funny, poignant glimpse into a very unusual marriage, sensitive, decent, shell-shocked James Braly earns the job. His marriage to a woman who is so bewitching--that at their very first meeting she corrects the handwriting he uses to write her prized name and number on a slip of paper—is by turns fascinating and casually shocking. Thus begins a romance that includes progressive adventures in extended breastfeeding, co-sleeping, even fine dining (dinner parties whose guests include a connoisseur of human placenta: "pan roasted...in cumin").
The scenes from Braly’s marriage are wrapped around the story that explains why someone chooses such a partnership to begin with: a colorful, kooky family that includes a fierce bomber pilot dad, a debutante heiress mom, and a delightfully druggy sister dying in a Houston hospice, and who’d rather be dead than married to James's wife. In other words, love is what love was--only darkly hilarious.
Braly’s one-man show of the same name is currently touring the country, produced by Meredith Vieira Productions, which is developing the show for television.
Offers insight into an unlikely marriage from a husband's perspective and considers such misadventures as extended breastfeeding, cooking with placenta, and a sister who prefers her imminent death to the author's marital woes.
twenty years of monogamy in one terrifying memoir
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