Wedding Cake for Breakfast (Paperback)

Essays on the Unforgettable First Year of Marriage

By Kim Perel, Wendy Sherman

Berkley, 9780425247303, 272pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2012

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Every woman plans for the big wedding day. Few plan for the day after. But once the cake has been cut, the dress has been worn and the band has played its last song, a marriage begins.

From the thrill and dread that comes with an unplanned pregnancy to catching up with an ex and having second thoughts, Wedding Cake for Breakfast offers an intimate and often surprising look at that first year of marriage through the eyes and lives of 23 acclaimed women writers. With humor and candor, this collection takes readers behind closed doors for close-ups and personal glimpses into the emotional joys and complications of creating a life together—all the while blending families, furniture, and traditions for the very first time.  

Gathered together in this hilarious and heartwarming anthology some of today’s most renowned female voices, including New York Times bestselling authors Susan Jane Gillman, Joshilyn Jackson, and Jill Kargman, share their most touching and illuminating stories from the first 365 days of matrimony.

About the Author

Kim Perel is a New York City-based literary agent and writer. She holds an MFA degree in creative writing from The New School. She has attended over fifteen weddings in the past year and this is her first anthology.
After a long career as a book publisher, Wendy Sherman established her New York-based literary agency 12 years ago out of a desire to work more closely with writers, and she's loved every minute of it. She lives with her two semi-grown daughters and one very adorable King Charles Spaniel.

Praise For Wedding Cake for Breakfast: Essays on the Unforgettable First Year of Marriage

“If you want to smile, cry, laugh, grieve, or just plain nod knowingly in the face of newlywedded supposed-to-be’s, this book is your friend.”   — Laura Munson, author of This Is Not the Story You Think It Is

“These insightful essays offer so much more than one might expect from a collection about the first year of marriage. When you treat yourself to Wedding Cake for Breakfast, you will come away entertained, encouraged, and enlightened, as if you’d just spent a weekend in the company of dear friends.”   — Therese Fowler, author of Souvenir and Exposure

Wedding Cake for Breakfast is a pure delight! What a wonderful reminder that in the end we are all neurotic, scared, and somewhat delirious as we navigate that often wacky but usually happy first year of marriage.”   — Jessica Anya Blau, author of Drinking Closer to Home

“I loved Wedding Cake so much, I just couldn’t put it down! I highly recommend this delightful and delightfully frank look at marriage in its blush of infancy (aka before the dysfunction kicks in). Men: if you want to understand your bride, read this book. It pulls the curtain back to reveal the fertile imagination lurking in the female mind.”   — Jenny Gardiner, author of Slim to None

Wedding Cake for Breakfast is a perfectly rendered collection of wise and funny memories about the exquisitely complex first year of marriage. Simmering with love and powered by talented writers who paint hope and heart into every story, this book should be required reading for anyone who has or is about to tie the knot.”   — Ann Wertz Garvin, author of On Maggie’s Watch