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?
PRAISE FOR I GIVE MY MARRIAGE A YEAR
'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
'If you are looking for a book to escape these troubling times, then Holly Wainwright's I Give My Marriage a Year is just the ticket. It's a sharply written, funny and poignant portrait of marriage, and all the highs and lows that go with it.' Frances Whiting, Sunday Mail
'What we're loving right now...another clever offering from Holly Wainwright.' Daily Telegraph
'Wainwright gets the tone right, there are some funny moments alongside the marital drama...by the end you'll be looking at your own relationship and wondering if it's time to set your own deadline.' Courier Mail
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
With her third novel, Holly Wainwright—who’s also the content lead for Australian women’s media website Mamamia—hones her ability to create relatable, contemporary women’s fiction. The novel opens with protagonist Lou deciding to end her marriage to long-term partner Josh in one year, unless things improve. Each month she tries something new (daily sex, counselling, etc.), but we’re quick to learn—via Wainwright’s clever choice to alternate perspective between Lou and Josh—that her relationship woes are far from one-sided. Wainwright excels at making us constantly second guess each character’s trustworthiness; the more we get to know them, the more flawed, complex and human they become. Fans of Liane Moriarty and Zoë Foster Blake best brew some coffee now—this novel is designed to be devoured fast.
A can’t-put-it-down book
A really interesting story that explores all the changing dynamics throughout a lifetime. Couldn’t put it down!
Couldn’t stop reading this
This book is such a relatable story of marriage it bought up so many feelings for me about my marriage and divorce. I loved it Holly xx
Thought provoking and kept me reading right to the end. I really didn’t know what was going to happen. Thanks Holly!