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September 1, 2022 from 7:00-8:30 pm


Marilyn Simon Rothstein

Marilyn Simon Rothstein

Please join me in welcoming Marilyn Simon Rothstein on

Happiness Is a Second Chance: Adventures in Writing and Publishing


Marilyn Simon Rothstein is the author of Crazy to Leave You, Husbands and Other Sharp Objects, and Lift and Separate, winner of the Star Award presented by the Women’s Fiction Writers Association for Outstanding Debut.

Marilyn grew up in New York City, earned a degree in journalism from New York University, began her writing career at Seventeen magazine, married a man she met in an elevator, and owned an advertising agency for more than twenty-five years. Marilyn received an MA in liberal studies from Wesleyan University and an MA in Judaic studies from the University of Connecticut. She enjoys speaking at book festivals and community events.

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The latest from  Marilyn Simon Rothstein, the riotously funny author of Husbands and Other Sharp Objects and Lift and Separate, takes readers on the journey of Lauren Leo, a forever dieting 41-year-old who is finally about to get married … until she’s dumped at the altar via text message.

What happens next forces Lauren on a road to healing and self-acceptance, but only if she can deal with her mother’s advice to freeze her eggs and stay slim, or the older sister, a flamboyant actress, hanging out on her couch. Filled with hilarious mishaps, dysfunctional family drama, and happy accidents that lead to love, Crazy to Leave You will warm your audience’s hearts while simultaneously aching their cheeks from laughing.

Perfect for book clubs or to pack in your beach bag, Crazy to Leave You delivers a heroine readers will root for and an inspiring tale of second chances.

“Poignant and funny, Crazy to Leave You is chock full of Rothstein’s signature fast-paced, smart dialogue, and brimming with wit. A heart-felt delicious story.”

Fiona Davis, New York Times best-selling author of The Magnolia Palace.

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Early Praise for Crazy to Leave You

Crazy to Leave You is the funniest book I’ve read in practically forever. Lauren Leo, who’s been jilted at the altar at forty-one, is sarcastic, lovable, brave, and drop-dead hilarious―in other words, perfect. As she makes her way through the humiliation of her post wedding world, not only does she have to deal with some pretty rough dieting decisions, but she’s also got some needy sisters, a judgmental mom, a crazy work life, and way too many wedding presents. Plus, there’s the really big question on everyone’s mind: Is anybody ever going to love her again? Trust me: this book will have you snort-laughing from page one. Do not be drinking hot liquids while you read.”

―Maddie Dawson, author of The Magic of Found Objects

“Reading a book by Marilyn Simon Rothstein is like sitting at the fun table at a wedding, listening to all an insider’s funny stories about the blessed event’s guests, and those she unsparingly tells on herself. Marilyn Simon Rothstein makes me laugh―and reminds me that even in a comic novel, the emotional dynamics in a nosy, tight-knit Jewish family with three competitive daughters can be as twisted as they are laughable. In Rothstein’s third hilarious novel, we follow the victim of a brutal hit-and-runaway groom, a bride with a ticking biological clock and a brilliant Manhattan advertising career. Despite her bona fides, this abandoned singleton has no way to spin the mortifying situation she finds herself in―dumped at the altar by a weakling who announces his plan by texting her sister. Will she ever love again? Will she ever stop eating to fill the hole?

You’ll find out, and if you’re like me, you’ll be waiting for this author’s next book.”

―Thelma Adams, author of The Last Woman Standing and Bittersweet Brooklyn

“I’ve been eagerly awaiting Marilyn Simon Rothstein’s next novel, and Crazy to Leave You exceeded my expectations. From some of the funniest one-liners I’ve read in years to a cast of all-too-relatable characters, this witty, heartfelt story of one woman’s attempt to live on her own terms after her fiancé leaves her lifted my spirits and reminded me of what a gift it is to have choices―even the kind that take some warming up to. This is exactly the book we all need right now.”

―Camille Pagán, bestselling author of I’m Fine and Neither Are You

“Marilyn Simon Rothstein does it again with another star, hilarious heart-warmer about a girl who is driven from her current location of heartbreak to her final destination of love and sanity. You’d be crazy not to love Crazy to Leave You.”

―Jennifer Belle, bestselling author of Going Down and High Maintenance

“Marilyn Simon Rothstein’s heartwarming new page-turner, Crazy to Leave You, has all the feels. Enter Lauren Leo―a brilliant advertising exec on top of her professional game who can’t get a break in her personal life. Over forty and jilted at the altar, Lauren berates herself and allows the critical, fat-shaming voice of her mother to echo relentlessly inside her head. Lauren’s journey is to stop weighing everything against a vicious scale, and instead to finally embrace who she is by learning that self-love and acceptance are truly the gifts that keep on giving. Rothstein’s genius lies in her keen observations, richly developed characters, razor-sharp ability to expose family dysfunction at its rotten core―and most of all, her unparalleled laugh-out-loud humor through love, loss, hope, and healing.”

―Lisa Barr, author of Woman on Fire

“On the surface, Crazy to Leave You is a funny, lighthearted story. But underlying Rothstein’s signature humor and wry, engaging voice is the shattering dilemma of every woman who has ever believed that she is not enough―not thin enough, not successful enough, not loved enough. Lauren’s journey to loving herself is one to which we can all relate. I think every book club is going to want this one!”

―Kerry Anne King, bestselling author of Other People’s Things

“Heartfelt, captivating, and beautifully written. This is one of those rare books that leaves you feeling as if you’ve spent the day with a best friend. Rothstein is a master at creating flawed characters that make you laugh, cry, and fall in love with them.” ―Bette Lee Crosby, USA Today bestselling author

“Marilyn Simon Rothstein returns with her inimitable blend of heartache, romance, and hilarity. Crazy to Leave You is five stars all the way.”

―Patricia Sands, author of Drawing Lessons

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367 Simsbury Road
Bloomfield, CT 06002

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