It is June. Romance and weddings are in the air, and with that comes the paperback release of A Beautiful, Terrible Thing: A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal by Jen Waite, 33. The book, based on Waite’s heartbreaking wedding story, fits in well in this era of #MeToo, and it could serve as a tool for anyone, male or female, seeking courage to leave behind an abusive, toxic partner.
What’s on your nightstand?
I am reading Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give by Ada Calhoun. She’s a prolific writer. In popular culture, a love story generally ends with a wedding, but in real life, it is very much the beginning of something else, and it is an institution that is not necessarily enjoyable all the time. At a time, she has hatred for her husband, but she also wants to be with him. Often it is courageous for people to work through long-term relationships.
Do you think you’ll get married again?
I’m not seeking it out, but I’m open now, and I see what a realistic marriage looks like.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer