Books

Love and Other Natural Disasters

“Anyone who believes that an emotional (non-sexual) affair is harmless is in for a shock. Holly Shumas parses that tangled web of deceit with dramatic and heart-wrenching impact.”–Victoria Zackheim, editor of the anthology The Other Woman.

“This moving tale explores the nature of betrayal, intimacy and marriage.”–Working Mother magazine’s Read It section

“A good read.”–Parenting magazine

Eve is eight months pregnant and in the middle of a Thanksgiving celebration when she discovers that her husband Jonathan has developed an intimate relationship with another woman over the past year. Jonathan asserts his innocence because there was no physical intimacy, but Eve feels deeply betrayed by the emotional connection he shared with someone else. What Jon has done seems so terrifyingly out of character that Eve finds herself questioning her entire reality. Did she ever really know Jon at all? Was their happiness together a lie? Is emotional intimacy more forgivable than sexual intimacy? And most importantly, can their marriage survive?

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Five Things I Can’t Live Without

A People magazine “Great Read”

“Smart, sharply written, and very, very funny. This is a gem of a book.”–Whitney Gaskell, author of She, Myself, and I

“…offer(s) a deep understanding of human nature. Topical coming-of-age story with a bright, humane heroine.”–Kirkus Reviews

Nora Bishop is living a life of almosts. She’s almost thirty. Almost committed in her relationship.  Almost employed.   And she’s almost living her life. Stuck in what she terms her meta-life, she’s thinking and questioning everything to the point of self-sabotage. Then a friend asks Nora to rewrite an Internet dating profile, and the woman with the meta-life discovers her métier. As a Cyrano de Bergerac for the lovelorn, she asks her clients to name the five things they can’t live without. But what are hers? To get answers, Nora will have to stop asking questions. And then do the hardest thing of all: Find herself by losing herself…in real life.