In her 20s, Natalie Serber looked in the wrong places for the woman she hoped to become.
I love your writing style! I liked the parallels you draw multiple times and the introspective nature of this slice of memoir. I'm writing one myself too - the story of my own divorce and how I found myself after it, so this resonated lots. 😉
Wonderful piece, thank you Natalie. Brought back memories of an earlier marriage.
Thrilled to see Laurie Colwin titles! I read eight of her books back in the day and found her, Alice Adams, and Anita Brookner very inspiring.
Yes, exactly this: But that fear seemed more surmountable than the loneliness of the present.
Also, this is a great line: When we were dating, my then husband-to-be told corny dad jokes, gave thoughtful gifts, paid our rent, and dealt cocaine.
This is fabulous, Natalie. You evoke the 80s so well.
Lovely piece. So full of details that I'll never know (as a 26 year old man) and yet universal enough that I immediately understand. It's like a mirror for me to see a new side of myself. About to spend some time reading more from you – thank you for writing this!
Your writing is so evocative and crisp! I really enjoyed this.
Wow. Exquisite. I long to read the book.
Beautiful writing! 💕
Fantastic. People are messy, yet we expect so much of them.
Lovely work. Love the sombre tone and the humor at once. Let me know if you ever want to be in my intimate writer's group on Sundays at noon Eastern.
The comfort of the I. Magnin ladies, the sky turning from pale blue to determined blue, yanking up the hood to work on the car--such great progression. The skiing, the anger, the willingness to look in the mirror. Really enjoyed this, Natalie.