I finished the book today and I really enjoyed it. In a nutshell, Elizabeth Gilbert and the love of her life Felipe were happily enjoying their lives in an unmarried state. They both had recovered from devastating divorces and just didn’t feel the need to get married again. Until the Department of State informed them that the only way Felipe could stay in the country is if they were to marry.
The thought of matrimony sent both of them into a tizzy. Which is why she wrote this book. She researched marriage to try and get to the bottom of why she was so opposed to it.
The book has eight chapters and delves into these themes as they relate to marriage: surprises, expectation, history, infatuation, women, autonomy, subversion and ceremony.
She freely admits that throughout the book she is trying to convince herself that getting married is a good idea. That everything will be “okay” should she decide to take the plunge. I love her writing style but I also love the fact that her concerns are my concerns. Her fears are my fears. Her objections are my objections. Hell, I could’ve written this book. The only difference is: Liz has to get married. I don’t.