The Longest Date: Life as a Wife

Cindy Chupack understands that being wildly, deeply in love with your husband and having an insurmountable desire to punch him in the face are not mutually exclusive. And this Emmy winner's résumé--she's written for everything from Sex and the City to Coach--seems to give The Longest Date a dose of edginess that will resonate with wives and still not scare single gals away from tying the knot.

Chupack's exposé of her marriage is a study in paradox--humorous yet poignant, possessing elements of the bizarre yet undeniably real. One can forgive Chupack for having a smart, sensitive and smoking-hot husband because she admits he also smokes marijuana and infuriatingly turns into a couch potato. Readers won't be jealous of Chupack's husband cooking gourmet meals for their celebrity dinner guests because, she confesses, he once asked her to get a breast reduction. And you won't envy the couple's trips around the globe as much as you ache with them as Chupack recounts their devastating struggles with infertility. In short, Chupack presents her marriage as the story of two flawed humans making up one perfect union.

Chupack flips over the strong, shining rock that is marriage and shows us the wormy underside, writing from a place that rings true. Her candidness about the highs and lows of her own astounding partnership reinforces the reason why the world's oldest (and most intriguing) institution still has scores of guests checking in each day. --Natalie Papailiou, author of blog MILF: Mother I'd Like to Friend

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