Trompe-l’œil? Marriage Vacation

There’s a new book out that has caught my attention. “Primates of Park Avenue meets Heartburn,” I believe was the pitch.

Do you watch the TVLand Show, Younger? If so, this might ring a bell.

Marriage Vacation is the fictional book written by the fictional Pauline Brooks, which the fictional editors on the show decide to publish. But, in a unique twist, a ghost writer named Jo Piazza has actually written the book for Brooks and it’s available on Amazon…

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?

The About the Author section of the book’s listing comes from the TV Show:

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