Robert J. Avrech is an Emmy Award winning screenwriter (“Body Double,” “A Stranger Among Us,” “The Devil’s Arithmetic”) who fell hopelessly and helplessly in love with Karen when they were classmates in elementary school. In this true life memoir, Avrech details an all-consuming love that struck at age nine and was never forsaken. In a style that recalls the best Hollywood screwball comedies of the 1930’s, and in chapters inspired by classic movies, the author vividly relives an unlikely romance that is touching, hilarious and ultimately inspirational.
Between screenplays, Avrech writes the award winning blog, Seraphic Secret.
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I’m a little at a loss as to how to review “How I Married Karen,” because I’m afraid that giving it the extremely high praise it deserves will sound fatuous. Surely a book can’t be this good? Well, yes it can. Within 164 light, bubbly, moving, funny pages, Robert J. Avrech packs in so much: the abiding wonder of finding one’s true love; the academic woes of a square peg in school’s relentlessly round holes; life as an Orthodox Jew in New York in the 1960s and 1970s; the way in which movies provide so much of a backdrop to and reference point for our lives; adolescent angst; morality; and patriotism. That Mr. Avrech manages so gracefully to crowd so many ideas into one small book is a testament to both his skill as a writer and to his transcendent love for his wife, Karen Avrech. After I gobbled up the book, I felt lighter and happier for the rest of the day.