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The Invention of Romance (print) by Conni Massing

Finalist for the 2015 Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award

A rom-com with a twist, The Invention of Romance challenges notions of love as it explores the contrasting romantic fortunes of a young woman and her mother.

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The Invention of Romance (print)

Thirtysomething Kate has devoted much of her adult life to her career as a museum curator. She’s just been tasked with mounting an exhibit about the history of romance and love despite her own string of romantically unsuccessful relationships. Intent on better curating the show, Kate investigates love in books and on hilariously disastrous dates. As her love life enters a comical death spiral, her long-widowed mother rekindles an old romance with a man she co-starred with in a play sixty years ago. Finding the partial script of her mother’s play, yellow with age and dog-eared, Kate sets out to complete its missing ending.

“A romantic comedy for the age of irony.” —Liz Nicholls, Edmonton Journal

“Aside from the pursuit of the perfect relationship, The Invention of Romance should also be a good vehicle for exposing a host of incongruities and outright contradictions in the way we view romantic love, especially at older ages—getting married after retirement isn’t a common topic on stage (or anywhere else, really).” —Mel Priestley, VUE Weekly

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Title The Invention of Romance (print)
ISBN 13 9781770915688
Genre Comedy, Western Canadian Theatre, Women Writers
Contributor(s) Conni Massing
Agent Michael Petrasek at Kensington Literary, (416) 848-9648
Year 2016

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