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New Book Sings the Breakup Blues


Breakups: Everybody has been through one, or multiple ones, and each split is a little different. Michael Czyzniejewski, an assistant professor of creative writing at Missouri State University, recently wrote “I Will Love You For the Rest of My Life: Breakup Stories.”

This book is a collection of 29 short stories he wrote about all types of breakups. From one night stands, to long-term and long-distance relationships, the book explores the intricacies of detaching from a significant other who you once had hope for. Like the title, Czyzniejewski wrote the book with a nod and wink and a little bit of humor.

The cover art for the book is a glimpse in a bathroom, with only one pink towel on a towel rack, and a toilet paper roll. He says it really speaks of the comfort that people achieve together, and the bathroom is a domestic comfort zone.

As he’s grown as a writer, he says he’s noticed that he writes domestically – paying attention in large part to how people live their home life and interact on a personal level

Czyzniejewski hopes that through his characters’ experiences, readers can gain a different perspective and rethink how things can happen in their own lives. Although the stories don’t have happy endings, or beginnings really, he say he wanted his readers to experience a range of emotions while reading.


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