Advance Praise for The King & The Quirky:
“Fantasy meets reality in this charming, funny, true-life memoir, propelled by the vivacious, utterly engaging voice of our compulsively honest narrator. A real page-turner.”
-- Phillip Lopate
"Heather Siegel has an awesome sense of humor and a penetrating view of what contemporary marriage is all about. And as a newlywed, I was thrilled to read about all that's in store for me! This is a page-turning, laugh-out-loud tale of triumphant love, and self-love, and a cautionary story of both when to compromise and when never to give up or give in."
-- Neesha Arter, author of CONTROLLED: The Worst Night of My Life and Its Aftermath
"Heather Siegel's latest is a love story for the ages, but not in the way you think. While her vivid descriptions of falling for her soulmate make it impossible for the reader not to travel back in time to their first love, it's Siegel's keen insight that gives the reader the gift of watching her - a strong, independent, wits-about-her bad ass - fall back in love with herself. In a time where women's freedoms and choices are in danger, Heather Siegel takes back her power, her life, and her spirit in a true story of love, loss, and finding out who you really are. This is a must-read for anyone who's been looking for themselves, and everyone who has never thought they had to."
--Lauren J. Sharkey, INCONVENIENT DAUGHTER
“[The King & The Quirky] is a powerful memoir of a process that will be familiar to many women: one which involves the remarkable task of reconsidering life's goals and possibilities within and beyond the traditions of marital bliss and connection… [Siegel’s] memoir represents an important survey of both the evolution of hope and self and the end results of such pursuits, creating an accessible, humorous, involving account highly recommended for women at various stages of growth.”
--Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review
“With wit and insight, Heather Siegel offers a fresh look at an ancient institution. Leaving no cultural assumption unturned, she illustrates how marriage can be a clarifying crucible for the bravest of us, pushing us to encounter each other in all our complexity, and making us the better for it.”
--Rebecca Baum, author of LIFELIKE CREATURES
“Heather Siegel does the rarest of things: she speaks the truth about marriage with warmth, wit and lacerating self-awareness. With an uncanny eye for detail, Siegel teaches powerful lessons that should be required learning for anyone in love: Chemistry and compatibility are not the same. The first few months of your relationship bears little resemblance to the next 40 years. You can’t change your partner but if you can accept each other’s flaws and repeatedly choose kindness over resentment, you can create a happy life. The King & The Quirky is a singular accomplishment: a deeply personal story that is universal to any reader who has ever been married.”
--Evan Katz, dating coach and author of 4 books, including BELIEVE IN LOVE
“Heather Siegel takes a deep dive into matrimony and motherhood… Witty, big-hearted, and brutally honest, Siegel keeps us engaged as she takes us through her trials and tribulations, heroically evolving into a person of her own—all the while questioning conventional notions of love and happiness. An inspirational and memorable read.”
--Esther Amini, author of CONCEALED: A Memoir of a Jewish/Iranian Daughter Caught Between the Chador and America
"Heather’s passion for creative nonfiction began at the library in her early teens when she stumbled upon texts that would light a pathway out from her dark and absurd childhood. Richard Wright, James Baldwin and Elie Weisel were some of the earliest voices that spoke to her, offering perspective about her own struggles, which didn’t seem so bad by comparison.
“George Orwell taught me that with the right distance, you can recount even horrific experiences with brio. Mary McCarthy exemplified a wit, authority— and vocabulary– I could only hope to attain one day. I might go so far as to say that many of these authors became my guides and therapists, if not my deities, urging me to get an education and to keep learning and growing. The problem, of course, with having authors for mentors, is that they don’t help pay your rent. So, it would take a few decades of living and working before I could consider picking up my own pen to write about my own experiences. When I was finally ready, these authors, and many others, would morph into my craft teachers.”
Eventually “living and working” would also serve as source material for Heather to write creative nonfiction, as would her ability find high drama in the mundane.
“Maybe because in so many situations, I have felt like an outsider looking in, I tend to observe, and to see us all as play actors in this shared movie. I see myself, too, as a character. And I like to listen– to dialogue, subtext, accents, to the tics that make us who we are. I’m also curious and ask lots of questions, which, for me, has always been at the core of creative nonfiction.”
Do our childhood selves always inform who we are as adults? Can you be a stay-at-home mother and still be a feminist? Does the word “soulmate” actually have many meanings? Should we believe in the “true love” narrative? These are just some of the questions Heather asks in her new memoir, The King & The Quirky, being published by Regal House Publishing in 2020.
Stay tuned for the answers.