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Publisher's Summary

In season four of Darren Star’s hit TV Land series Younger, the editors at Empirical Press are shocked and deeply moved when they read Marriage Vacation, an autobiographical novel by the publisher’s estranged wife, Pauline Turner Brooks. Knowing the book will cause a sensation, they decide they must publish it. Now you can hear what the hype is about.

Marriage Vacation is for anyone who has ever fantasized about what it would be like to run away from it all.

By all appearances, Kate Carmichael has the perfect life: two adorable daughters, a prewar townhouse on the Upper East Side, and a husband who runs one of the most successful publishing companies in New York.

But when Kate attends a wedding and reconnects with successful friends from graduate school, she suddenly sees her life in a different light: the career she didn’t pursue, the dreams she’s locked away, the empty veneer of her privilege.

When the wedding weekend ends, instead of heading home to her husband and family, Kate gets on a plane and flies halfway around the world. She claims it’s just going to be for a week - two max - just so she can clear her head and reconnect with her lost dreams. But the adventure doesn't go quite as planned.

This provocative and gripping novel asks: Is a wife and mother allowed to have a midlife crisis? And if she does, can she ever be forgiven?

©2018 Pauline Brooks (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

Critic Reviews

"Marriage Vacation has everything you want an in a novel: fascinating characters, drama, secrets, emotional reckonings, and far-flung adventure. If you love Younger, you’ll love this book. If you’ve never watched an episode of Younger (you should change that), you’ll still love this book." (Darren Star, creator of Sex and the City and Younger)

"This brilliant romp helps us understand why Liza was so excited to discover the manuscript, how any woman could leave the dreamy Charles, and what exactly Pauline - by way of her fictional alter ego, Kate Carmichael - did on that mysterious marriage vacation. Pack this heartfelt, insightful, funny, sexy book when you take a vacation of your own." (Pamela Redmond Satran, author of Younger)

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Beautiful Story!

Wow! What a great listen! I can connect with Kate on so many levels (besides being a millionaire and actually going on a one year hiatus). Being a mom and wife can be so exhausting mentally. I’m 37 and already feel the same way sometimes. How I’d love to do what she did, I don’t think I could leave my family for that long though. Maybe for a couple of weeks! I don’t judge her by all means, she needed this and fortunately her husband, even if reluctantly, allowed it and forgave her. That’s LOVE. You truly LOVE someone if let them go even if you’re unsure of the outcome. Lovely Story!

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Not true to the hype on Younger!

It was very basic not worthy of the the way they hyped it on the TV show! I was expecting more than a snobby spoiled woman doing a lame version of Eat Pray Love- there was no character development that was good passed the first part with the crazy friend/ college roommate- it seemed lame and highly unbelievable and kind of ridiculous! Sorry I wanted to like it but it fell flat- even when she almost tried to have sex with Dusty!? Stupid!!! Embarrassingly so!

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Not like Younger

I wish this novel were more like it’s portrayed on Younger. I only made it through about an hour was and was extremely bored.

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Very good story.

What an adventure. I had no idea how it would end. She learned alot about herself. Fun story.

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Love it!

Loved this book! I’m a huge fan of the show Younger and feel like I already knew Carl and Kate from the show. Great reading performance and finished very quickly! Like binging a good TV show!

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I don't get it.

The author is a good writer. Also, a good story teller. The main character, a woman, is a disaster. I found very, very little redeeming qualities in her. I know what I'm SUPPOSED to think is good, but I don't. She was a selfish, ignorant, arrogant person. I wanted nothing but to root against her for the entire novel. I feel sorry for her husband and her poor abandoned children.

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amazing reading

I loved the ausie accent that the reader used!
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BORING!

An extremely boring book! I only finished it because I love the show and kept hoping the book would get better. The story is rather ridiculous. The reader’s fake accents were obnoxious. I had higher expectations since the show is soo good.

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I struggled with this one...hard. I listened to it intently and it held my interest, but there were aspects of the story that I just couldn't understand as believable. I often found myself thinking how self-centered and arrogant Kate was for just abandoning her family...and just how truly unrealistic most of the plot was. At one point in the book, they referenced "Eat, Pray, Love" and I think this was a weak knock-off of that book. I don't think I would recommend this one to a friend. It may be interesting to have a second book written from Carl's perspective.

There were many points throughout the story that I thought needed editing. Using phrases like "screw" instead of "make love", just seemed harsh to the narrative and didn't flow properly.

I thought the Narrator was perfect in this story - enjoyed listening to her inflections, accents and style.