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I Give My Marriage a Year

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Publisher's Summary

Lou and Josh have been together for 14 years. They share two kids, a mortgage, careers and plenty of history. Now, after a particularly fraught Christmas, Lou is ready to ask herself: is this marriage worth hanging on to? 

Every month for a year, Lou sets a different test for their relationship - from daily sex to brutal honesty - to help her decide if she should stay or go. Secrets are exposed, old wounds reopened and a true-to-life suburban love story unfolds.

I Give My Marriage a Year paints a sharply accurate, often hilarious picture of a modern Australian marriage. Lou and Josh are a couple on the edge, and their efforts to bring their relationship back from the brink will resonate with anyone who has ever asked themselves: is this enough?

Whose side will you take? Who deserves a second chance? And will Josh and Lou stay together or split for good?

©2020 Holly Wainwright (P)2020 Pan Macmillan AU

Critic Reviews

"The most insightful novel on marriage I've ever read. I can't stop thinking about it." (Mia Freedman)

"Poignant, compelling and full of aha moments, this book will have you nodding, laughing and crying, and most of all, incredibly invested in the outcome." (Sally Hepworth)

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Gripping story of everyday people

This story of a relationship and all it’s ups and downs is so ordinary and so relatable, and keeps you guessing until the last moment.

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Wow

What a great story, written so beautifully. So real, I am still invested in this family!

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An excellent read

Love love love this book. The narrative is so interesting and I was (still am) so emotionally invested in the characters. The voice selection was also perfect. Treat yourself to this book!

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Love love love this!

Straight away this book was so immersive! I couldn’t stop listening and smiling and crying and loving it. Highly recommend. One of the first Audio books I want to listen to again.

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Makes you question future life choices

Not married. But will keep in mind not to choose marriage out of obligation. Great story.. truly shows what it feels like to be trapped but choose to work on it.

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So real and relatable.

whether your marriage has ever been on the rocks or not there is so much to relate to about parenthood, work life juggle, etc. the author also does a wonderful job of helping what I can only imagine is a predominantly female readership really see and feel what I is like for the male in the story without making him seem weak, stupid or cruel as so many authors can. I loved this book and it was a great one to listen to!

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Beautifully written book

This was a brilliant read, I couldn't stop listening. it had me right up to the last minute.

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Listened to it in a day!

Very relatable story with realistic characters. Some of the narration was a bit too dramatic, but otherwise I really enjoyed this book and will try another by the same author.

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I just could not stand Lou.

I did enjoy this book despite hating the character of Lou more than I have ever hated a character in a book before. She was the most selfish and unsympathetic character, just vile.

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Gripping story

Great narrator, couldn't wait to see how this ended up. A few tropes in this story but entertaining.