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?
PRAISE FOR Marriage Vacation
“Marriage Vacation has everything you want an in a novel: fascinating characters, drama, secrets, emotional reckonings, and far-flung adventure. If you love Younger, you’ll love this book. If you’ve never watched an episode of Younger (you should change that), you’ll still love this book. And just wait until you read page 58!”
—Darren Star, creator of Sex and The City and Younger
“This brilliant romp helps us understand why Liza was so excited to discover the manuscript, how any woman could leave the dreamy Charles, and what exactly Pauline—by way of her fictional alter ego, Kate Carmichael—did on that mysterious Marriage Vacation. Pack this heartfelt, insightful, funny, sexy book when you take a vacation of your own.”
—Pamela Redmond Satran, author of Younger
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Pauline Brooks is a graduate of the MFA program at Columbia University. She is married to Charles Brooks and they have two children. Marriage Vacation is her first novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Stayed true to the Younger tv show theme. Ending of book lacked the final punch to make 5 stars rating. Well written & great character development. Good summer read.
Written honestly and intriguing with complex yet wonderful characters. Even with difficult subject matter of marriage dissatisfaction, children obligation stress, abandonment, career goals long forgotten... this book delved deep into all that and presented an honest story of finding joy, peace and forgotten passion. Loved it from start to finish Definitely more than just the show younger!
If you love the TV Land series Younger, this book is a MUST READ. It's a great tie-in to the characters and storyline. If you're not familiar, Younger is about a 40-something year old woman named Liza who pretends to be 20-something in order to get a job at a publishing house after her divorce. Based on a novel, the series was developed for television by Darren Star, also famous for Sex and the City and Melrose Place. Liza succeeds (for the most part), but has to play the part of a millennial in all aspects of her life, which proves to be difficult at times. By seasons 4 and 5, the company she works for ends up buying and publishing the book "Marriage Vacation." As it turns out, the "author" Pauline is the wife of the head of the company. The story is based on her real life, when she took a "vacation" from her marriage by running off to Thailand to "make a difference," to rediscover herself, and to write again. She does this with no planning, no notice, and barely an explanation, leaving behind her husband and two daughters. When I first started reading "Marriage Vacation," I took Pauline's side. I could see her point of view. She's lost herself. She got married, became a wife to a successful business man, became a mom to two kids...and just lost every part of herself as an individual. I could definitely feel for her and sympathize with those feelings. I think we've all felt lost at one point and wanted to get away from everything. On the other hand, there comes a point where you make your own choices and have to be responsible for the choices you've made. She chose to get married. She chose to have children. You can't just walk away from your responsibilities, not expect there to be consequences, and have everyone just waiting for you to return to your normal life after you've gone and had your fun. The novel was an easy, interesting read, though, and really gave me some more insight into the character of Pauline on the TV series. It also works well as a stand alone chick-lit story, even if you no nothing about the TV series. I also enjoyed some of the extras details in the book. There's an author bio and acknowledgements of the fictional character of Pauline. The book also says on the spine and inside that it's a "Millennial Imprint," which is from the TV series.
This is the type of book you start reading and can't put down until you're done. It's just that good. The book takes you on an adventure of the heart, revealing raw, often unspoken feelings of many women who put their roles as wives and mothers before self. All the twists to get to the end, to learn where her journey of self-discovery leads her, are well worth it. Hoping to read more from this author!
Wish I hadn’t known the connection between Younger and this book, I think I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn’t. I’m Team Liza all the way!