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Summary

Finding love is all a matter of timing in a surprising, complicated, and funny memoir by the author of A Marriage in Dog Years.

When a mysterious woman summons Nancy Balbirer to a Russian restaurant in New York City, the near stranger’s shocking purple hair and even more shocking news send Balbirer simultaneously reeling back to her past and hurtling toward a future that, at almost fifty years old, she never dreamed possible. This romantic-comedy memoir tells the true story of how a pack of Hollywood television writers and the denizens of a fabled but cursed Manhattan apartment building helped the author and one of her best friends turn a thirty-two-year almost romance into a real one.

Witty and heartfelt, Nancy Balbirer’s sublime memoir proves that love is possible anywhere, anytime, and at any age.

©2022 Nancy Balbirer. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. FINALE (from “Pippin”). Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SCHWARTZ. © 1972 (Renewed) Stephen Schwartz. All Rights Administered by EMI BMPC CORP. (ASCAP) and JOBETE MUSIC CO., INC. All Rights for JOBETE MUSIC CO., INC. Controlled and Administered by EMI APRIL MUSIC INC. (ASCAP). 3Print Rights for EMI BMPC CORP. Controlled and Administered by ALFRED MUSIC. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission of ALFRED MUSIC.

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“Touching and often laugh-out-loud funny…Nancy Meyers and Nora Ephron fans will be utterly charmed.”Publishers Weekly

 

“A lively, zesty memoir. Movie buffs, wordplay-loving readers, and hopeless never-say-die-to-love romantics will enjoy this happy-ever-after tale.”Booklist

“In this new memoir, Balbirer tells the story of a romance more than 30 years in the making, and brings readers along on the equally funny, heartbreaking, and exhilarating adventure to make it work.”Town & Country 

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Do you believe in Love after love?

I read this book before I listened to it. Having Nancy Balbirer narrate this book took it to the next level (she's an actor you know so it's good!). Her ability to add a layer of integrity and humour just made it funnier and more poignant.

I really enjoyed this story of not so 'star crossed lovers'. The story of two people destined to be together but can't quite get it together and not fully understanding why. We get to hear and understand how personal insecurities and ambivalence and, well  life, get in the way of getting together. It's told with incredible wit, charm and honesty that make Nancy very easy to relate to. I found myself getting exasperated with Howie, then annoyed until by the end I completely understood and empathised and I could see why things couldn't happen well, then. It gives us all hope that human nature triumphs and the best things happen when the time is right and not before.