My Wife Said You May Want To Marry Me

Harper. Apr. 2020. 240p. ISBN 9780062940599. $26.99. BIOG
Ten days before her death from ovarian cancer, an article written by author and filmmaker Amy Krouse Rosenthal was published by the New York Times. “You May Want To Marry My Husband” praised the positive qualities of her husband and encouraged him to find love again after her death. In this memoir, her widower Jason Rosenthal (coauthor, Dear Boy) shares his story of grieving and discovering the next phase of his life. Rosenthal tells of his life before meeting Amy; their 26-year relationship together, including raising three children; and Amy’s final struggle with cancer. Rosenthal explores his feelings during Amy’s illness and death, as well as during several other losses that occurred shortly afterward. After delivering a TED talk about his experience, Rosenthal’s life mission shifted; he is now a speaker and advocate about the grieving journey and finding joy after loss.
VERDICT Rosenthal’s grief journey is expressed with candor, humor, and gratitude. Fans of Amy Krouse Rosenthal will want to know about the next phase of Jason’s life. Also recommended for readers either experiencing grief or wanting to understand how to support someone experiencing loss.

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