Cancer, losing jobs, the in-laws, the reality of living 24/7 with another human being. The couples whose lives are dissected with humor and candor in WEDDING CAKE FOR BREAKFAST deal with all sorts of things good and bad. And they realize that, when they say “for better or for worse,” well, let’s just say there’s a reason those words are uttered in wedding vows the world over.
Jenna McCarthy writes a particularly funny but hard-hitting essay about the wonders of married life as presented in pop culture and how that exact picture of candlelight dinners and perfect sex aren’t exactly the way most couples find their lives post-honeymoon. Whether you are famous or not, McCarthy states, you have the same chance of marrying the wrong person and ending up with a lot of heartbreak.
"WEDDING CAKE FOR BREAKFAST is a good primer for the unmarrieds and an engaging and entertaining check-up for those of us who have been in the marital trenches for decades now. The main subject, of course, is love…and pastry. How can you turn that down?"
On the other end, you have writer Daphne Uviller, who was married less than 48 hours before 9/11 happened. The story of the days following their honeymoon and their very positive attitude about the day is quite remarkable and uplifting without being annoying.
Lost luggage, family advice and pregnancy tests all figure prominently in other tales of the marital struggle, with good and sometimes bad results. Some are older and more experienced in life, while others are younger and experiencing adult milestones while being married. But all the women in this collection are honest to a fault and offer a glimpse into a contemporary marriage between men and women, who strive for equality and want so badly for the fairy tale to be real. They all know, though, that it’s just a fairy tale, and sometimes the real thing is so much better than that. On some days you want to pack your bag