Ten days after calling off her wedding, CJ Hauser went on an expedition to study the whooping crane. After a week wading through the gulf, she realised she had almost signed up to live somebody else’s life. In this intimate, frank and funny memoir in essays, CJ Hauser lets go of ‘how life was supposed to be’ and goes looking for more honest ways of living.
She kisses internet strangers, officiates a wedding, visits a fertility clinic. She reads Rebecca in the house her new boyfriend shared with his ex-wife and rewinds Katharine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story to learn how not to lose yourself in a relationship. She writes about friends and lovers, ghosts and robots, grief and heartbreak, blood family and chosen family, and asks what more expansive definitions of love might offer us all.
The Crane Wife is a book for anyone whose life doesn’t look the way they thought it would; for anyone trying, if sometimes failing, to find joy in the unexpected.