“You know that nightmare you’ve always had? The one where you wake up one day to find yourself fat, frumpy, fifty and alone? I’m living it.”
Maddy Nelson has an idyllic existence: a handsome husband, great kids, a comfortable, affluent lifestyle. One morning soon after she turns fifty, however, she wakes up in her San Francisco home to find her husband Steven announcing that he’s leaving her for a woman half her age. And a third of her size.
Feeling totally unmoored and grieving for her married life and husband, Maddy finds herself thrust into an unfamiliar and uncomfortable world of middle-aged singledom. There, she must come to terms with her situation and embark on her new life: divorce proceedings, single parenting, internet dating, and trying to earn a living. It’s enough to drive her over the brink. To help her cope, she shares her struggles in a smart, wry blog named The Blasphemy Box, after her ex-husband’s obnoxious habit of having her drop a quarter into a wooden box every time she said something off color. Her madcap middle-aged adventures find her devoted readers who identify with her challenges.
In time, Maddy recreates herself and finds happiness in the arms of a good man, and a fulfilling new career as a novelist.
About Author Mandy Behbehani
Mandy Behbehani grew up in England and now lives in California. She holds a journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and is a professional journalist whose work has appeared in a variety of publications from the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle to W magazine, Town & Country magazine and Travel & Leisure magazine.
I’ve always loved words. The power they have to move you is shocking, particularly considering they are mere static symbols on a page.
And they never lose their edge, have you noticed? Writers never get tired of writing words, and readers seem never to get tired of reading them.
I started reading early, and I’ve never stopped. If I don’t have a book to read I am miserable. (And so are the people around me!)
When I became a journalist, reading became half of my job, for which research was key to doing the thing properly. Writing was the other half, and I found that I love that just as much. And sometimes more.
Then I realized I wanted to write a book. (Or, let’s say, I wanted to have written a book!) It took a while. My first short story was published when I was twelve and I scribbled away over the years that followed, with little result and less satisfaction.
But now The Blasphemy Box is written. It’s a funny, smart and poignant story of a woman’s middle-age divorce and her successful quest for love.
I hope you enjoy it.