352 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 1 in
July 1, 2014
Washington Square Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1476712840
ISBN - 13: 9781476712840
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After I Do We are in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium, and once again, Ryan has forgotten where we left the car. I keep telling him that it’s in Lot C, but he doesn’t believe me. “No,” he says, for the tenth time. “I specifically remember turning right when we got here, not left.” It’s incredibly dark, the path in front of us lit only by lampposts featuring oversized baseballs. I looked at the sign when we parked. “You remember wrong,” I say, my tone clipped and pissed-off. We’ve already been here too long, and I hate the chaos of Dodger Stadium. It’s a warm summer night, so I have that to be thankful for, but it’s ten P.M., and the rest of the fans are pouring out of the stands, the two of us fighting through a sea of blue and white jerseys. We’ve been at this for about twenty minutes. “I don’t remember wrong,” he says, walking ahead and not even bothering to look back at me as he speaks. “You’re the one with the bad memory.” “Oh, I see,” I say, mocking him. “Just because I lost my keys this morning, suddenly, I’m an idiot?” He turns and looks at me; I use the moment to try to catch up to him. The parking lot is hilly and steep. I’m slow. “Yeah, Lauren, that’s exactly what I said. I said you were an idiot.” “I mean, you basically did. You said that you know what you’re talking about, like I don’t.” “Just help me find the goddamn car so we can go home.” I don’t respond. I simply follow him as he moves farther and farther away from Lot C. Why he wants to go home is a myste
From the Publisher
From the author of Forever, Interrupted—hailed by Sarah Jio as “moving, gorgeous, and at times heart-wrenching”—comes a breathtaking new novel about modern marriage, the depth of family ties, and the year that one remarkable heroine spends exploring both.
When Lauren and Ryan’s marriage reaches the breaking point, they come up with an unconventional plan. They decide to take a year off in the hopes of finding a way to fall in love again. One year apart, and only one rule: they cannot contact each other. Aside from that, anything goes.
Lauren embarks on a journey of self-discovery, quickly finding that her friends and family have their own ideas about the meaning of marriage. These influences, as well as her own healing process and the challenges of living apart from Ryan, begin to change Lauren’s ideas about monogamy and marriage. She starts to question: When you can have romance without loyalty and commitment without marriage, when love and lust are no longer tied together, what do you value? What are you willing to fight for?
This is a love story about what happens when the love fades. It’s about staying in love, seizing love, forsaking love, and committing to love with everything you’ve got. And above all, After I Do is the story of a couple caught up in an old game—and searching for a new road to happily ever after.
"As uplifting as it is brutally honest—a must-read."