The Vacation That Almost Destroyed a Marriage: Author’s New Novel Explores Power and Limits of Love

Middletown, CT, June 27, 2009 --( A powerful new novel from author Mary Verdick explores the remarkable bonds of matrimony--and the surprising weaknesses that can break them unexpectedly.

Just released by Outskirts Press (, As Long as He Needs Me follows a couple as they prepare to celebrate their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary. In a style that is part Ian McEwan and part Virginia Woolf, this intensely psychological novel wrings profound meaning from this otherwise ordinary event, changing irreparably how its characters view the world, themselves and each other.

Kitty and Clem Johanssen think they’re off for a whirlwind cruise up the East Coast from New York to Montreal. But in a hectic rush to embark, Clem foolishly loses his cash to a couple of street swindlers. Unbeknownst to Kitty, the incident sets off a profound introspection of Clem’s weaknesses, regrets, and mortality. As Clem grows more distant throughout the trip, Kitty falls in with an attractive—and mysterious—Englishman named Toby Knight, who offers everything Clem doesn’t: grace, charm and hopefulness.

Now, the slowly smoldering confrontations of the last three decades—the deep-seated resentments, half-buried insecurities and burning passions—will surface in a confrontation so powerful it will test the limits of the couple’s love.

As Long as He Needs Me is about marriage in all its trials and tribulations, and the surprises that await two members of the baby-boom generation as they are forced to face their own mortality. Yet it is also a novel of courage and compassion, and hope.

As Long as He Needs Me is now available through Ingram, Baker & Taylor,,, and the online bookstore of Outskirts Press, at

Book Statistics
PB ISBN: 978-1-4327-2427-6
HB ISBN: 978-1-4327-2428-3
Suggested Retail Price:
PB US$16.95, CAN$21.95
PB CAN$26.95, CAN$33.95
Size and Format: 6x9 paperback/hardback w/ jacket
Page Count: 224
Genre: Fiction

About the Author: An ex-teacher and editor, Mary Verdick is the author of several adult novels and numerous short stories and books for children. She lives in Middletown, Connecticut, near her son and grandchildren, and is busy at work on another novel.

Author Contact: Visit her on the Web at

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