|About the Book|
On sale 1/20/04 In this honest, hilarious, fiercely intelligent memoir, journalist Susan Shapiro dares to do what every woman dreams of: track down the five men whod broken her heart and findout what really went wrong. Between the ages of thirteenMoreOn sale 1/20/04 In this honest, hilarious, fiercely intelligent memoir, journalist Susan Shapiro dares to do what every woman dreams of: track down the five men whod broken her heart and findout what really went wrong. Between the ages of thirteen and thirty-five, Susan had plunged into love, heart-first, five times. One bad breakup was more hurtful and humiliating than the next.Withinsight and daring, Susan chronicles her six-month-long journey back down a road strewn with romantic regret. Although for years shed blamed her boyfriends for their flagrant infidelity, ludicrous faults, and immaturefoibles, to her shock she can now suddenly pinpoint the exact moment where she herself screwed up each relationship.A successful freelance writer living in Manhattan, Susan Shapiro was in the midst ofa midlife crisis she called her no-book-no-baby summer. Married for five years to Aaron, a workaholic TV comedy writer always on the road, she was beginning to wonder if shed remain book- andbabyless forever. Then the phone rang, and it was Brad, a college flame whod become a Harvard scientist with a book coming out. Susan offers to interview him, and she winds up launching into all the intense, invasivequestions shed always wanted to ask him. To her surprise, he answers them This ignites a spark that sends her on a cross-country jaunt back through her lust-littered past.While Brad is still single, she finds that Heartbreaks Number Two, Three, and Four are not. George, a theater professor, and Richard, a music biographer, are happily married with children. Tom, a handsome blond lawyer in L.A., is getting divorced.Just as its becoming easy to worm her way back into her exes good graces, she crashes head-on with David, a wry Canadian root canal specialist. (Its the equivalent of what you did to meemotionally, she tells him.) She then gut-wrenchingly relives the agony of splitting up with her first love all over again. Yet somewhere between the tantalizing what-ifs and bittersweet might-have-beens, shefinds what shes been searching for all along.Part relationship manifesto, part confessional, and part valentine to the males in her life she adores, Five Men Who Broke My Heart isfor anyone who has ever wondered what became of their first love. Or second, third, fourth, or fifth... From the Hardcover edition.