But You Seemed So Happy: A Marriage, in Pieces and Bits

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About the Author

Kimberly Harrington is the author of Amateur Hour: Motherhood in Essays and Swear Words and But You Seemed So Happy: A Marriage, In Pieces and Bits. Her work is included in the collections Merciless & Unpredictable: A McSweeney's Guide to Parenting and Keep Scrolling Till You Feel Something: Twenty-One Years of Humor From McSweeney's Internet Tendency. She's a columnist and regular contributor to McSweeney's and her work has also appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, and The Cut. A long-time copywriter and creative director for design studios and brands, her clients have included Apple, Nike, and Netflix.


"Kimberly Harrington is back with another honest, tender, and often hilarious book on the end of a modern marriage. No matter your relationship status, But You Seemed So Happy begs the question- what are we all doing here? I laughed, I cried, I found myself in the pages over and over again."--Kate Baer, New York Times bestselling author of What Kind of Woman: Poems
"Intimate and raw yet meticulously scrubbed of the slightest tinge of self-pity. Harrington explores the pain and intricacies of a marriage and its dissolution with a ruthless, unflinching honesty and gallows humor that makes you feel like you buried a body with her. Did you? Maybe you did."--Emily Flake, cartoonist for The New Yorker
Brimming with witty observations, biting humor, and thoughtful commentary on courtship, marriage, parenting, happiness, inertia, and yes, divorce.--Booklist
"In her compassionate treatment of a touchy subject, Harrington flips the divorce narrative on its head to underscore the beauty of choosing one's own path."--Publishers Weekly
A brilliant collection of essays, this deeply felt, clever tome is a 'biography of a marriage, ' as we watch one couple's issues throughout the years . . . I dove into this one head first and was delighted by the freshness of the material, the insights, the humor, the emotions, and what happens behind someone else's bedroom door.--Katie Couric Media
"Though each piece is decidedly personal, the collection feels universal, encouraging all readers--partnered or not, happily or less so--to reexamine the common narratives around marriage and divorce . . . . Often vulnerable and deeply funny."--Shelf Awareness