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Marry In Haste: 15 Short Stories of Dating, Love and Marriage Paperback – January 10, 2016
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"Brimful of the Debbie Young brand of sly and wry humour" - Mari Howard
"These stories are a witty & engaging slice of life in the marriage market and a perfect tonic for a quick read. We all need a dose of fun in our lives and Debbie's humour is unmissable, wry and mischievous." - Lynne Pardoe
"If you like a modern take on old-fashioned love, then you'll enjoy this collection. Readers can't help but give a sigh of satisfaction at the end." - Betsy Talbot
"This book's fifteen short stories about dating, love and marriage' are essentially optimistic about these experiences, even though one or two of them tell of wrong turnings. Their optimism is not starry-eyed, however - love is a beautiful and powerful force, but has to be accompanied by a healthy dose of tolerance, of learning to put up with your partner's more annoying habits, and of humility, in realizing you may not be free of annoying habits yourself... I particularly liked The Homecoming, where the (female) author takes the risk of writing in a male voice and succeeds.The New Coat is a clever (and, in the current climate, brave) riff on a fashionable theme of the controlling husband. And The Butterfly Clip rounds the set off perfectly, with its sense of the quiet reward that can await us if we get this love business right. If you like your fiction noir and see life as a nasty, messy business we have to fight our way through, this is probably not the collection for you. But if you have a more upbeat take on things... here are fifteen gentle, well-crafted stories. Written by an unknown author who lives in the sticks (the book's publisher is based in rural Gloucestershire), they would probably not have seen the light of day under the old order. But they are now available for us to read and enjoy. More, please.." - Christopher West
"Marry in Haste"---the title invites us to add the suffix :- "Repent at Leisure." But there is little evidence of repentance, as Debbie Young's characters seem to embrace their fate with whole hearted enthusiasm. The dangerous angle of the wedding cake couple on the cover might indicate future perils, but one hopes they are simply "falling" in love. Jane Austen was acclaimed as a creator of microcosms, tiny brush strokes on a small piece of ivory. Was she also the first writer of "chick-lit"? No shame if she was. Women number half the population of the world. Why should we not have light hearted fiction, which speaks largely to the feminine psyche? Debbie Young is a gifted proponent of this genre. Her warm humour and appealing characters place her with Catharine Alliott and Katie Fford, but her stories have a depth all her own. Each vignette of "Marry in Haste" contain characters that have a complete imagined life with a past and a future. Each little history contains the possibility of a full length novel, whilst being sufficient unto itself. The subtle humour with which the writer invests her stories, permeates each scenario. A sushi roll carefully examined for "signs of life", Barbara in A and E after food poisoning provides specimens, "of which unfortunately she still had plenty," Thomas, the over demanding partner, turns out to be a cat. Very occasionally married bliss is questioned . The over solicitous husband tells the feminist saleswoman that he and his wife are perfectly happy as they are . "And do you know, though his attitude flew in the face of my feminist principles, I'm sure he was speaking the truth." A collection of short stories which positively celebrates love, yet subtly raises the wedding veil on the slightly sinister. questionable side of that well worn institution, marriage." - Celia Boyd
From the Author
This book started life as a few humorous stories about romantic relationships, drawing on snippets of conversation overheard in places I'd worked or socialised - the friend who swore she could only ever marry a vegan, immediately reducing the pool of eligible men to a tiny puddle; the overweight boss who ditched his loving young wife's slimming packed lunches in favour of a burger in the pub every day - then grew into a more balanced collection that followed the whole process from seeking a first date to looking back on a long marriage in old age.
While the tongue-in-cheek title suggests a cautionary note, I ought to add that I'm pro-marriage - or pro-long-term-relationships for those who aren't keen on the legal side - and this is meant as a celebration, while also a reality check.
It's dedicated to my parents, now married for over 60 years, and the best example of marriage anyone could wish for.
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Top Customer Reviews
I had no idea what to expect from Marry in Haste but was I ever delighted! I spent a few hours smiling and occasionally laughing out loud.
This is a wonderful collection of short stories, or I should say, slices of lives and relationships told in a subtle, gently sly and yet knowing manner. I would find it difficult to pick my favorite. I immediately emailed all my friends to buy it.
Debbie, please give us more!
All of these stories left me with a smile on my face and hoping for more. Ms. Young really does an excellent job of capturing a wide range of emotions in such a short amount of space.
I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a quick, light read that will leave you looking for more delights from this author.
If you like a modern take on old-fashioned love, then you'll enjoy this collection.
And here I have to come clean: I don’t usually much enjoy short stories. And yet, I read Marry in Haste in two evenings flat.
I enjoyed the first part, Seeking, most, but then as a romance fiction writer, I guess this is the part of the relationship which I find the most exciting. There’s a short tale of a woman who finds love in a lunch queue, and an amusing story about two very different friends, Joanna and Clare, and their conversation about men.
"Joanna, more of a cat person, never took much notice of Clare’s dog. She secretly regarded George as a poor substitute for the ideal man that Clare had yet to find. Joanna was never short of men."
The second part, Committing, has a hilarious story about a couple whose conversation about wedding lists takes a surprising turn. This section ends with ‘An Appetite for Marriage’, which recounts the effect different tastes in food can have on a relationship.
The third and last part of the book is called Enduring, with five stories on the more mature relationships. Out of this final collection one story stood out for me. ‘The New Coat’ features a man buying a new hiking jacket for his wife. It’s a clever juxtaposition of the attitudes of the young versus the old, and of modern political correctness.
And it is Debbie Young's cleverness as an author and storyteller that shines through in this collection, which I highly recommend. Debbie Young may have changed my attitude to short stories for ever.
I would have been wrong.
Marry in Haste is a collection of 15 short stories about the unending incompatibility of women and men. It’s divided into three sections of five stories each: Seeking, Committing and Enduring. All 15 take up only 94 pages in total so it isn’t a demanding read, and I finished most of it on a train journey from Cheltenham to Gobowen. I was glad to have it with me.
Debbie Young writes well and amusingly, though it would be selling it short to call it a collection of humorous stories. There’s an intelligent and informed view of human life at work here. You wouldn’t expect deep character studies in an average of six pages each and you don’t get them but the people are believable and so are their motivations.
I recommend this book. And not just to lovers of girly stuff.
Gently humorous and deliciously dry - the best of British.