In These Books, Happily Ever After Is Just the Beginning

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In Grown-Up Pose, out March 2020, Lalli, who also wrote The Matchmaker’s List, doubles down on these issues by looking at it through the lens of a South Asian woman pressured by society to settle down—only to later realize that she’s not happy and wants a divorce. "Every relationship, fictional or in the real world, is bound to have its ups and downs, and people overcome those obstacles or they can’t," Lalli says. "In Grown-Up Pose, I just chose to focus on an ebb in [Anu, the heroine’s] love story. " Lalli stressed that people evolve as they grow up—especially when they’re in a relationship in their formative years, like Anu—and that inspired her to look at a couple growing apart, instead of growing up together, and how they can bridge the gap.

Adams was inspired to reimagine "happily ever after" by looking at her own marriage. "I have been married for a while, so I know firsthand that the story doesn’t end at the proposal," she says. "And that it doesn’t end on your wedding day. [In a marriage] you have to get down to the hard work of actually earning your 'happily ever after. "We’re taught how to fall in love [through entertainment], but we’re not often taught how to stay in love," Adams emphasized. "I do think one thing romance can do is really teach people how to [work on your relationship] or how to fall back in love with someone 5 years or 10 years after the wedding.

Hoover, who is also the author of the upcoming novel Regretting You, argues, "A person doesn’t need the perfect marriage or the perfect spouse or the perfect family to find fulfillment, and I think it’s important to portray that. Readers agreed. "I’ve received many emails after writing All Your Perfects from readers who state the book helped them open up communication with their spouse, and even saved their marriage," says Hoover.

But for many, that's the exact point. They're real. And refreshing. "I think seeing a marriage on the brink of divorce morph into a stronger-than-ever romance gives readers a new kind of hope that’s not about finding someone new, but rather strengthening a relationship they already have and value," says Kristine Swartz, editor at Penguin Random House’s Berkley imprint.

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