Marriage Vacation

Marriage Vacation

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 read what the hype is about.

To find herself…she might lose everything.

By all appearances, Kate Carmichael had the perfect life: two adorable daughters, a pre-war town house on the Upper East Side, and a husband who ran one of the most successful publishing companies in New York. But when Kate attends the wedding of two of her oldest friends and reconnects with successful classmates 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—so she can clear her head, make headway with her writing, and shake free of the feeling that time is passing her by.

But just like Kate’s life, the adventure doesn’t go quite as planned. When it’s time to return, she finds herself trapped between wanting to be a good mother and partner and needing to find herself again.

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

Title:Marriage Vacation
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About Pauline Turner Brooks

Pauline Brooks is a graduate of the MFA program at Columbia University. She is married to Charles Brooks and they have two children.

    Marriage Vacation Reviews

  • Jillian Coleen

    Okay, okay, yes, Marriage Vacation is a ghost-written tie-in novel for the tv series Younger. Which, unless you are a giant fan of the show (like me!) probably doesn't mean much to you... and you prob...

  • Rylee (Hermit Odysseus)

    DNF, couldn't get behind Pauline as the protagonist. I'm not a huge fan of her in the show, and although the book made her as sympathetic as possible, I couldn't put the show to the side while reading...

  • Jamie

    Really enjoyed this having been a long time fan of Younger (since the first episode) and it was nice to look into "Pauline's world" - however, being #TeamCharles, I do hate to sympathize with Pauline ...

  • Kaylie (

    I’m going to be totally honest: this book review isn’t totally unbiased. You see, I am a huge fan of the tv show Younger and have literally counted down the minutes until this book was released. I...

  • nomadreader (Carrie D-L)

    So, so fun. I'm still Team Liza, but damn do I love Pauline. This book is so great....

  • Kelsey

    A big hit for Millennial Print. Didn't love the ending though....

  • Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)

    Have you ever seen the show Younger? (And is it ever coming back? #TeamJosh) If you haven't, then a little backstory: the characters work in publishing and the wife of one of the love interests writes...

  • Kim

    Absolutely awful. If my brain wasn’t needing a break I would have given up. Makes Eat, Pray, Love (one of the worst, most self indulgent books ever conceived, said as an Elizabeth Gilbert fan) feel ...

  • Kayla

    I wanted to read this because I am a Younger fan...Urg. Kate (Pauline) is so infuriating that I often wanted to throw the book. I would have rathered a more realistic ending. *Spoiler Alert*No way wou...

  • Bailey

    This was fun! It is absolutely a show tie-in, but if for some reason you don’t watch Younger and you wanted to read it, you wouldn’t have any issue. Jo Piazza is a great chick lit writer and this ...