A ‘Real’ Marriage, After All

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Marriage ActThe Marriage Act: The Risk I Took to Keep My Best Friend in America, and What It Taught Us About Love
by Liza Monroy
Soft Skull Press.  320 pages, $16.95

 

IN HER LIFE, Liza Monroy confides in The Marriage Act, there have been three important men: her father, her boyfriend Julian, and her best friend Emir. She has barely seen her father since she was six years old, following her parents’ divorce. Julian lived in Manhattan, far from Monroy’s home in L.A., and, although they were engaged, their relationship was rocky. Emir, however, lived just three blocks away, and Monroy saw him whenever she felt she needed him. She needed Emir a lot.

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