Meredith Schorr Tour
by Meredith Schorr
GENRE: Romantic Comedy
How Do You Know?
On the eve of her thirty-ninth birthday, Maggie Piper doesn’t look, act, or feel much different
than she did at twenty-nine, but with her fortieth birthday speeding toward her like a freight train,
she wonders if she should. The fear of a slowing metabolism, wrinkling of her skin, and the
ticking of her biological clock leaves Maggie torn between a desire to settle down like most of
her similarly-aged peers and concern that all is not perfect in her existing relationship. When a
spontaneous request for a temporary break from her live-in boyfriend results in a breakup,
Maggie finds herself single once again and only twelve months from the big 4.0.
As Maggie reenters the New York City dating jungle, suitors present themselves quickly, but
who is “The One?” Is he a sexy coworker, one of many bachelors at a speed-dating event, or is
he the man she already set free? How do you know? Her fun-loving friends and supportive
family, including meddlesome “no-filter” Aunt Helen, eagerly share their (often unsolicited)
opinions, but Maggie is determined to find her own way, even if she falls on her
It boggles my mind that Aunt Helen insists on being a supporting player in my dating
performance but takes only a backstage role in Cheryl’s trial separation. If I weren’t so loyal to
Cheryl, I’d be tempted to tell Aunt Helen to worry about her own daughter’s floundering marriage
and stay out of my love life.
“Of course he asked her out again. Who wouldn’t want to date my Maggie?” my mom says while beaming at me.
“Thanks, Mom,” I whisper.
“I never said Maggie wasn’t lovely. But why aren’t you sure you want to go out with him again?” Aunt Helen asks.
“I’m afraid I’m not emotionally available for another relationship yet,” I confess.
“Well, your biological clock is not going to wait for you to be ready. What if this man meets someone else? Aren’t there more single women than men in this city?”
“Mom,” Cheryl says in a warning tone.
Aunt Helen’s blue eyes widen. “Well, aren’t there?”
“I guess,” I mutter.
Cheryl mouths, “I’m sorry,” from across the table.
“Well, don’t shoot the messenger,” Aunt Helen says. “I was merely stating a fact. If this man fancies you, and you think he’s nice, don’t you think you should give him another chance before someone else catches his eye? Doug moved on. You should too.”
Since I can’t think of a valid reason not to—at least one good enough to satisfy my aunt—I elect on the spot to go out with Ben again.
Some say peer pressure is the biggest motivator for people to do things they aren’t sure they want to do. I say those people never met my Aunt Helen.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
A born-and-bred New Yorker, Meredith Schorr discovered her passion for writing when she began to enjoy drafting work-related emails way more than she was probably supposed to. After trying her hand penning children’s stories and blogging her personal experiences, Meredith found her calling writing chick lit and humorous women’s fiction. She secures much inspiration from her day job as a hardworking trademark paralegal and her still-single (but looking) status. Meredith is a loyal New York Yankees fan, an avid runner, and an unashamed television addict. To learn more, visit her at www.meredithschorr.com.
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