My Favorite Marriages in Literature

How to Be Married author Jo Piazza on her fave fictional marriages—the good, the bad and the ugly.

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My travel memoir How to be Married follows my own first tumultuous year of marriage. But despite all of the ups and downs, it was a good year and an even better start to a marriage. Sadly, the unhappy marriages in literature often end up being richer and more satisfying for a reader than the happy marriages. I’ve always thought that was a problem. We rarely talk about the happy marriages until they go bad. In How to Be Married, I wanted to try to convey the good and the bad. The book is non-fiction, but while I was writing I submerged myself in the fictional tales of other married couples, both the pleasant and the deeply disturbed. The above books contain some of my favorite marriages in fiction. Click the covers to read my thoughts about each one.

Featured image: Jurij Krupiak/; Author Photo: © Grace Chang

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JO PIAZZA is an award-winning reporter and editor who has written for the Wall Street JournalThe New York Times, the New York Daily NewsNew York magazine,GlamourMarie ClaireElle and Salon. She has appeared on CNN, NPR, Fox News, the BBC, and MSNBC. She received an MA in Journalism from Columbia, a MA in Religious Studies from NYU and a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of the critically acclaimed If Nuns Ruled the World and Celebrity Inc: How Famous People Make Money. She currently lives in San Francisco with her husband and their giant dog.