September 15, 2014
It's a Book!!!
Weighing in at 1lbs, 1oz, and making its debut bright and in the wee hours of this morning is the newest member of my family!
It's name? My Other Ex: Women's True Stories of Losing and Leaving Friends, and yes, it's kind of like my baby. In that I love it, and I'm carrying it with me everywhere, and I can't shut up about it.
And it's wonderful. And it's the best book. And LOOK! It has my eyes!
...well, not exactly. But the cover is the same color as my eyes, so it's pretty much the same thing.
Actually, it's the same color as my giant tattoo.
Let's just say there is DEFINITELY a family resemblance.
I'm so honored to be included in this anthology. The stories are riveting, ranging from the completely relatable to scenes that seem like they must be cut from some sort of movie.
Only there aren't a lot of movies about friendship breakups. Because we don't talk about them- we don't like to talk about the end of platonic love.
The more I read this book (I've read the whole thing two and a half times so far. It's that good.), the more I wonder why we as a culture don't ask these questions more often. We talk over and over again about BFFs, and we love stories, even tragic ones, about friends that remain close no matter what happens.
The First Wives Club, Thelma and Louise, Then and Now...
But what about the other side of the story of friendship? Because not every friendship is forever. But that doesn't make the love any less real.
This is a beautiful book. Not just because it's the color of my eyes and ink. (Although, yes, it is now my go-to accessory for absolutely everything.) It's a beautiful book because of the honesty and intensity inside it.
Go buy it! Read it! Buy it for a friend you haven't seen in years. Buy it for a friend you haven't seen in hours.
It's worth every bittersweet memory the stories drag up.
And for that, so much more than being included among the authors, I'm grateful.