After Happily Ever After


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$16.95  $15.59
She Writes Press
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5.4 X 8.4 X 0.9 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Leslie A. Rasmussen was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She graduated with a bachelor's in communications from UCLA and went on to write television comedies for Gerald McRaney, Burt Reynolds, Roseanne Barr, Norm McDonald, Drew Carey, and Ralph Macchio, as well as The Wild Thornberrys and Sweet Valley High. Later, she earned a master's degree in nutrition and ran her own business for ten years. Most recently, Leslie has written personal essays for online magazines such as Huffington Post, Maria Shriver, and SheKnows. She loves dogs and besides having two adorable Labradors, she volunteers at the Burbank Animal Shelter in Burbank, California. Leslie lives in Los Angeles and has two sons, and a husband she's been with since college. This is her debut novel. She lives in Los Angeles.


2021 Book Excellence Awards Finalist in Marriage

"Rasmussen is a freelance journalist and former TV sitcom writer and the latter is evident in the novel's sharp, funny dialogue and Maggie's wry, observational narration."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Leslie A. Rasmussen has written a fiction story that most women can relate to in one way or another with compassion and love. After Happily Ever After is a wonderful read that will not disappoint. I highly recommend After Happily Ever After to women both young and old."
--Readers' Favorite, five stars

"A Connecticut housewife traverses middle age with self-deprecating wit and aplomb in Leslie Rassmussen's novel After Happily Ever After."
--Foreword Reviews

"Leslie A. Rasmussen's After Happily Ever After gives voice to many women in the 'sandwich generation'--and the voice is a funny one."
--Leslie Lehr, prize-winning author of A Boob's Life and What a Mother Knows

"With warm tenderness, peppered with humor throughout, Leslie A. Rasmussen has written a novel of fresh, relatable characters, easy to root for and easy to know. Anyone juggling the lives of loved ones while navigating their own will recognize the protagonist as she struggles to find the missing parts of a so-called life that turns out to be...herself."
--Sande Boritz Berger, author of Split Level and The Sweetness

"In Leslie A. Rasmussen's debut novel, a woman finds herself reanalyzing her life and her marriage when her daughter is heading off to college. Smart and funny, After Happily Ever After is an exciting debut."
--Laura Dave, international best-selling author of Eight Hundred Grapes

"After Happily Ever After is a road map for every empty nester whose marriage has lost its spark. You can't help but see yourself on these pages."
--Adrienne Barbeau, actress and author of There are Worse Things I could Do and the Vampyres of Hollywood series

"This book takes a very real look at the complex lives of forty-something women who are torn between their duties to all family members while still trying to fulfill their own desires. The characters ring true, and although there are heavy themes, the book manages to be very funny at times and also a fast, easy, read. Many women will see a lot of themselves in Maggie and will enjoy seeing how her circumstances and decisions will play out."
--Seattle Book Review