The King and the Quirky

A Memoir of Love, Marriage, Domesticity, Feminism, and Self

Non-Fiction - Womens
235 Pages
Reviewed on 06/01/2020
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Author Biography

Heather Siegel is the author of the award-winning, coming-of-age memoir, OUT FROM THE UNDERWORLD and a creative nonfiction writer who finds source material in what she calls "the high drama of the mundane."

"I tend to observe– and to see us all as play actors in this shared movie. I see myself, too, as a character. 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 began asking once the dopamine drive of new love wore off and the challenges of a shared domestic life set in. The result is a lighthearted, introspective, and quirky memoir, The King & The Quirky, published by Regal House Publishing, 2020.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Gobi Jane for Readers' Favorite

The King and the Quirky: A Memoir of Love, Marriage, Domesticity, Feminism, and Self by Heather Siegel is one hell of a memoir, one of the best I have read about marriage and what it takes to make it work, and also about the journey towards personal transformation. When the reader meets thirty-four-year-old Heather Siegel, she is an outgoing kind of person who enjoys what she’s been doing for 10 years, a confident and independent woman who is free-spirited. She doesn’t believe in romantic relationships. But all of that changes when she meets Jon, a man who is as ordered as he is logical. They have two opposite personalities and they defy everything one can think of when it comes to compatibility. Heather, the feminist, finds herself packing up and moving out to Long Island to embrace a life of marriage. What makes it work is the subject matter of this engrossing memoir.

The first thing that struck me as I started reading this memoir is Heather Siegel’s beautiful voice and unique writing style. Her highly descriptive prose is littered with wit and insight, and the humor spices up the writing, giving the reader a fun experience. While Heather shares her story from being a happy and independent woman and feminist to becoming a married woman and stay-at-home mom, she challenges readers through her experience and personal transformation to rethink their take on compatibility and chemistry in relationships. There is more than that for a relationship to work. I enjoyed her creativity in staying true to who she is and the way she uses tolerance, understanding, and acceptance to bring life and strength to her marriage and her home. The King and the Quirky is both inspiring and entertaining, filled with lessons and wisdom. You can’t put it down, and while you laugh through some of the passages, you’ve got to think about your own relationship.