Sunday, September 23, 2018
Books

What is Jen Waite, author of the memoir "A Beautiful, Terrible Thing," reading?

Jen Waite

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

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