Sleeping Beauty Proposal

The Sleeping Beauty Proposal

by Sarah Strohmeyer

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I’m Kim Alexander and this is Fiction Nation. The book is The Sleeping Beauty Proposal by Sarah Strohmeyer.

Sleeping Beauty, if we can remember our stories that scared the crap out of us when we were 6, was the young lady, the apple of her father’s eye, the perfect little princess, who attracted the attention of a bad fairy. The bad fairy, who probably was just your average fairy who had to buy one too many bridesmaid dresses and just snapped, cursed Beauty with eternal sleep, which frankly sounds like a pretty good deal some mornings. Beauty slept in her castle until her prince was able to get past the field of deadly thorny bushes — that was the part that scared me — and wakes her with a kiss. Her future is assured, she doesn’t have to call the caterer, make nice with his mother or lose 10 pounds to fit into her dress. On the other hand, she’s slept through her whole life — no friends of her own, no career, no wild nights to regret with fondness — she just exists.

Author Sarah Strohmeyer writes about a woman who sort of just exists in her novel, The Sleeping Beauty Proposal. Genie is approaching middle age and has a comfortable life at a small New England college with her long time boyfriend Hugh. Hugh is a Novelist, capital “N,” British, terribly handsome, and a complete tool. Genie, just existing, thinks he’ll propose eventually. And he does, during an interview on national television. Except he doesn’t propose to Genie. That’s going to leave a mark.

Sarah Strohemeyer explores the reasons why women want to wed — we don’t need to, after all. In Genie’s case, she needs a swift kick in the form of not getting the ring from Hugh to show her that merely existing, sleeping through your life, is not the same as being alive.


I’m Kim Alexander and this is a Fiction Nation minute. The book is The Sleeping Beauty Proposal by Sarah Strohmeyer.

When her caddish long-time boyfriend proposes to another woman on national television, Genie retaliates by pretending the question was popped at her. When he flees to England, it makes all that planning so much easier. Yes, there is a lot of explaining to do. The Sleeping Beauty Proposal takes a look at our obsession with marriage and engagement, great big rings and registering for gifts, and asks if one day is more important than a whole life. In Genie’s case, she discovers that Sleeping Beauty, while waiting for her prince to come along and wake her up, has wasted a perfectly good nap.  Who needs a prince when there are sexy carpenters like Nick who makes his first appearance on page 44? The Sleeping Beauty Proposal is by Sarah Strohmeyer. I’m Kim Alexander and this is Fiction Nation on Book Radio, SiriusXM Channel 80.


I’m Kim Alexander and this is a Fiction Nation minute. The book is The Sleeping Beauty Proposal by Sarah Strohmeyer.

What would you do if your long term boyfriend finally proposed — on national TV no less — only not to you? Genie decides — after a few tequilas — to be a fake bride-to-be and pretend he was asking her. Let him worry about sorting it out later. So she starts planning a pretend wedding complete with an engagement party, registering for gifts, and a great big ring, and it turns out to be even more work than planning a real wedding. The Sleeping Beauty Proposal gets funnier as Genie’s plan starts to unravel, not that it was a great plan to begin with, and author Sarah Strohmeyer will be here this weekend to explain everything so it all makes sense. The book is The Sleeping Beauty Proposal, and the show is on Saturday at 6pm east and Sunday at 10 am east. Fiction Nation on Book Radio, SiriusXM Channel 80.


I’m Kim Alexander and this is a Fiction Nation minute. The book is The Sleeping Beauty Proposal by Sarah Strohmeyer.

Genie has a comfortable life, a nice job at a small New England college, and she feels lucky to have Hugh — he’s so handsome, so British, and he’s just written his first novel. So when he proposes live on TV, she’s a little surprised to realize he didn’t mean her. The Sleeping Beauty Proposal takes off when Genie decides to act like he did mean her, and starts to plan a huge wedding. It’s a funny book, and it asks us some interesting questions about the power of the ring — they didn’t call it the Fellowship of the Ankle Bracelet, after all — and why we throw parties and get gifts for people who already have two housefuls of stuff. Sarah Strohmeyer is the author of The Sleeping Beauty Proposal and she’ll be my guest this weekend at 6pm east Saturday and 10am east on Sunday on Book Radio, SiriusXM Channel 80.


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