The First Ten Years: Two Sides of the Same Love Story

Harper Perennial. May 2021. 224p. ISBN 9780063027251. pap. $17. MEMOIR
This joint memoir, cowritten by performer Bashwiner and Welcome to Night Vale cocreator Fink, tells two sides of their shared love story, spanning 2009 to 2019. This entertaining and often humorous work covers big life moments, such as the death of a parent, the loss of a job, a cross-country move, and more, as Fink and Bashwiner commit to each other and their relationship. The duo explore how they met in New York and each made personal and professional changes to achieve their creative dreams; they end the book with discussions about embarking upon parenthood. Bashwiner and Fink cover the events of each year separately (they say they didn’t talk to each other about their respective versions of events before they began writing), which leads to some instances of differing recollections. This is a unique way to hear how each experienced monumental events such as their first kiss and their engagement.
VERDICT Proving that there are two sides to every story, Bashwiner and Fink succeed in sharing theirs with the world. A recommended purchase for libraries where Fink’s previous books (Welcome to Night Vale; Alice Isn’t Dead) circulate well. This memoir is primarily for longtime fans of either of the authors.
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