Jason B. Rosenthal: My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me
On March 3, 2017, beloved children’s book author Amy Krouse Rosenthal published an extraordinary essay in The New York Times’ Modern Love column entitled “You May Want to Marry My Husband.” Coming out a mere 10 days before Amy’s death from ovarian cancer, the piece – a creative and heartbreaking play on a personal ad – encouraged her husband Jason to find happiness after she died. The column went viral, reaching over five million people worldwide and sparking an emotional conversation about love and loss. In his memoir, Jason details their remarkable love story, it’s painful end, and what happened after. In tracing the tapestry of his life with Amy, Jason recalls a storybook marriage that ended far too soon. He offers sage advice for others suffering from loss, and shares how Amy’s Modern Love column became her final gift to him, granting him the freedom to imagine what the rest of his life could look like. The end result is a tender rumination on finding yourself in the wake of tremendous loss, and discovering ways to look toward a brighter future. What Amy wanted for Jason, and for his life after her, was more – more bravery, more happiness, more experiences to cherish with their children.
Jason B. Rosenthal is the number one New York Times bestselling author of Dear Boy, cowritten with his daughter Paris. He is the board chair of the Amy Krouse Rosenthal Foundation, which supports both childhood literacy and research in early detection of ovarian cancer. A lawyer, public speaker and devoted father of three, he is passionate about helping others find ways to fill their blank spaces as he continues to fill his own.