My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me: A Memoir

My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me: A Memoir

by Jason B. Rosenthal


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An inspiring memoir of life, love, loss, and new beginnings by the widower of bestselling children’s author and filmmaker Amy Krouse Rosenthal, whose last of act of love before her death was setting the stage for her husband’s life without her in the viral New York Times Modern Love column, “You May Want to Marry My Husband.”

On March 3, 2017, Amy Krouse Rosenthal penned an op-ed piece for the New York Times’ “Modern Love” column —”You May Want to Marry My Husband.” It appeared ten days before her death from ovarian cancer. A heartbreaking, wry, brutally honest, and creative play on a personal ad—in which a dying wife encouraged her husband to go on and find happiness after her demise—the column quickly went viral, reaching more than five million people worldwide.

In My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me, Jason describes what came next: his commitment to respecting Amy’s wish, even as he struggled with her loss. Surveying his life before, with, and after Amy, Jason ruminates on love, the pain of watching a loved one suffer, and what it means to heal—how he and their three children, despite their profound sorrow, went on. Jason’s emotional journey offers insights on dying and death and the excruciating pain of losing a soulmate, and illuminates the lessons he learned.

As he reflects on Amy’s gift to him—a fresh start to fill his empty space with a new story—Jason describes how he continues to honor Amy’s life and her last wish, and how he seeks to appreciate every day and live in the moment while trying to help others coping with loss. My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me is the poignant, unreserved, and inspiring story of a great love, the aftermath of a marriage ended too soon, and how a surviving partner eventually found a new perspective on life’s joys in the wake of tremendous loss.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062940599
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/21/2020
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 291,341
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jason B. Rosenthal is the number one New York Times bestselling author of Dear Boy, cowritten with his daughter, Paris. He is the board chair of the Amy Krouse Rosenthal Foundation, which supports both childhood literacy and research in early detection of ovarian cancer. A lawyer, public speaker, and devoted father of three, he is passionate about helping others find ways to fill their blank spaces as he continues to fill his own. Jason resides in Chicago, a city he is proud to call home.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I The Nest

1 A Love Story 7

2 No Longer Just One 21

3 Fun, Whimsical, and Creative Parenting 35

4 On Our Own 53

Part II Loss

5 Something Is Not Right 61

6 Together We Are One 67

7 Is It All a Bunch of Crap? 75

8 One Last Bash 81

9 I'm That Guy 101

10 The End 111

Part III Filling a Blank Space

11 Empty, Not Nest 129

12 Refueling Mind and Body 141

13 Navigating a Maze of Emotions 149

14 The Heal Jason Tour 159

15 Transitions 169

16 Connecting 189

17 Burning 201

18 Deepening the Loss 209

19 Have You Remarried Yet? 217

Epilogue: A Permanent Place to Gather 221

Acknowledgments 225

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