What happens when the person you love most of all drives you absolutely crazy?
It was that question that prompted me to write, 52 Fights: A Newlywed’s Confession (Penguin 2005). Because no matter what stage of marriage you’re in, you can relate: what do we do when our spending styles differ? Or really which one of us works harder? You’ll be comforted to know we’re all having the same discussions behind closed doors.
ABC shot a pilot of 52 Fights, starring Christine Taylor and Matt Letscher
“…it’s her unblinking gaze at their marriage… that makes her book one of the few to address the biggest yet most unasked question in the married mind: When the preacher said, ‘For better or for worse,’ exactly how worse is worse?” — The Chicago Sun Times
“Some of the fights were legitimate, such as his in-laws visiting too often. But a lot of the fights were inane, like when she freaked out about what kind of pots and pans to buy for their new house or when he got mad that she started wearing his socks.” — New York Daily News
“… a diary of dashed expectations and the compromises that rose from the remains—a look at marriage so honest you can practically hear the crunch of worlds colliding.” — Minnesota Monthly
“Patterson explores the transition from thinking like an independent single person to melding her life with a spouse. Money, trust, sex, crabbiness, mothers-in-law, character flaws, companionship, love, opposing cleaning routines — everything that comes up after happily ever after — are covered here with raw
honesty.” — The Pioneer Press
“If women are soothed by 52 Fights, men probably would be well-served with a woman-to-English dictionary. That way when they hear their honey tell them she’d like to change the curtains in the kitchen, they’d know what she’s really saying is, ‘The windows are dirty, the roof leaks, the lawn needs to be mowed, and you snore.’” – The Chicago Tribune