Do you like history? Have you ever had a relationship end badly? Do you like to laugh?
If you answered any of those questions with a yes, then this is the book for you! Filled with lively history told in a funny and engaging way, Wright's book of thirteen romances that went really badly looks at some bad relationships that will make your most insanity filled romance seem tame. Well, tame unless you killed them. Or maimed them. Or perhaps just decided would make your relationship one in which you pretended they were a ghost. Unless you did that sort of thing. In which case, you might be in the book. Or in jail. And then you probably don't get to pick your reading material-- in which case I'm sorry you won't get to read this book because you made bad and insane choices. You're missing out on a gem.
It's a crazy book, but it's crazy good.
Wright is the kind of writer I wish Sarah Vowell were. Everyone loves Vowell because she loves history but I find her humor to be off putting more than engaging. Wright's humor is a little silly but in the best way and her history is pretty damn solid, as well. I find with Vowell I tend to argue her points and be bothered that her points are often a bit simplistic, yet I never did that will Wright, perhaps because she's got this great tone that is both light, breezy, funny, but also very good at imparting historical fact and complexity.
That sort of thing is important to me-- I've got a couple history degrees! So, I fully recommend this book. You don't HAVE to love history to enjoy it but I think once you read it, you'll be all the better for it. And, you'll look at your own relationships and feel quite grateful we don't murder each other with the frequency of the Romans!
*I was provided an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.