Please join us for the virtual launch celebration of Kimberly Harrington's new collection of essays But You Seemed So Happy: A Marriage, in Pieces and Bits, a tender, funny, and sharp companion to her acclaimed memoir-in-essays Amateur Hour, that explores and confronts marriage, divorce, and the ways love, loss, and longing shape a life. Kimberly will be in conversation with Kate Baer.
Six weeks after Kimberly and her husband announced their divorce, she began work on a book that she thought would only be about divorce — heavy on the dark humor with a light coating of anger and annoyance. After all, on the heels of planning to dissolve a twenty-year marriage they had chosen to still live together in the same house with their kids. Throw in a global pandemic and her idea of what the end of a marriage should look and feel like was flipped even further on its head.
This originally dark and caustic exploration turned into a more empathetic exercise, as she worked to understand what this relationship meant and why marriage matters so much. Over the course of two years of what was supposed to be a temporary period of transition, she sifted through her past—how she formed her ideas about relationships, sex, marriage, and divorce. And she dug back into the history of her marriage — how she and her future ex-husband had met, what it felt like to be madly in love, how they had changed over time, the impact having children had on their relationship, and what they still owed one another.
Kimberly Harrington is the author of Amateur Hour: Motherhood in Essays and Swear Words and But You Seemed So Happy: A Marriage, In Pieces and Bits. Her work is included in the collections Merciless & Unpredictable: A McSweeney's Guide to Parenting and Keep Scrolling Till You Feel Something: Twenty-One Years of Humor From McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. She’s a columnist and regular contributor to McSweeney’s and her work has also appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, and The Cut. A long-time copywriter and creative director for design studios and brands, her clients have included Apple, Nike, and Netflix.
Kate Baer is an author and poet based on the East Coast. Her first book, What Kind Of Woman, was a #1 New York Times Instant Bestseller and featured in publications such as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue.com & The Chicago Review. Her work has also been published in Romper, Literary Hub and The New York Times.
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