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I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without Youby Courtney Maum
Synopses & Reviews
In this reverse love story set in Paris and London, which Glamour hailed as one of the “10 Best Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List Right This Second,” a failed monogamist attempts to woo his wife back and to answer the question: Is it really possible to fall back in love with your spouse?
Despite the success of his first solo show in Paris and the support of his brilliant French wife and young daughter, thirty-four-year-old British artist Richard Haddon is too busy mourning the loss of his American mistress to a famous cutlery designer to appreciate his fortune.
But after Richard discovers that a painting he originally made for his wife, Anne — when they were first married and deeply in love — has sold, it shocks him back to reality and he resolves to reinvest wholeheartedly in his family life… just in time for his wife to learn the extent of his affair. Rudderless and remorseful, Richard embarks on a series of misguided attempts to win Anne back while focusing his creative energy on a provocative art piece to prove that he’s still the man she once loved.
Skillfully balancing biting wit with a deep emotional undercurrent, this “charming and engrossing portrait of one man’s midlife mess” (Elle) creates the perfect portrait of an imperfect family — and a heartfelt exploration of marriage, love, and fidelity.
“An honest, staggeringly realized journey....Equally funny and touching, the novel strikes deep, presenting a sincere exploration of love and monogamy. These characters are complex, and their story reflects their confusion and desire....An impressive, smart novel.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Maum’s tale deftly captures a thirtysomething’s sense of grief for the lost passion of youth and the search for something of depth to take its place. Writing with an authentic and affecting vulnerability, Maum considers sentimentality from every possible angle — interpersonal relationships, lofty idealism, and art — and each receives an equally unflinching examination. An unapologetically thoughtful novel told without melodrama and with a lot of heart." Booklist
"A charming and engrossing portrait of one man's midlife mess....Smart, fast-paced....You come for the plot, but you stay for the characters—especially Maum's flawed but likable and basically well-intentioned hero. Ultimately, this is the story of a man who would do anything to be a better person, and you will avidly wish for him to succeed." Elle
“Courtney Maum kills it.” Vanity Fair
"[A] realistic portrayal of a modern marriage that has lost its way....Solid, well-written." Library Journal
“Courtney Maum bursts onto the scene with a hilarious and wise novel....Richard Haddon is one of the more lovable male characters we've encountered this season....You'll find yourself agog at Maum's masterful storytelling and dead-on descriptions.” Glamour
“[An] affably comic take on husbandly comeuppance, Courtney Maum’s I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You follows a once-sizzling British artist’s hilariously misguided efforts to win back the love of his wife.” Vogue
“Hit the beach (or the backyard) with [this] can't-put-down novel.” New York Daily News
"A very funny comedy of modern manners." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Maum’s raw honesty about the hard work of long-term relationships, what is said and left unsaid, and her intimate knowledge of Paris make this a bittersweet yet comical read.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune
"Maum is awesome enough to cop to working as a Corona Extra party promoter in her official author bio, and funny enough to be the humor columnist for Electric Literature. Read this if your vacation plans sadly do not include hanging out with eccentric, upwardly mobile Euros." Nylon
"A winning first novel of infidelity, forgiveness, and (maybe, just maybe) falling back in love." O Magazine, 15 Titles to Pick Up Now
About the Author
Courtney Maum graduated from Brown University with a degree in Comparative Literature. She then lived in France for five years where she worked as a party promoter for Corona Extra, which had everything to do with getting a Visa, and nothing to do with her degree. Today, Maum splits her time between the Berkshires, New York City, and Paris, working as a creative brand strategist, corporate namer, and humor columnist. Visit her at CourtneyMaum.Tumblr.com or on Twitter @CMaum.
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