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The First Ten Years: Two Sides of the Same Love Story (Paperback)

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Fair disclosure, I am a huge fan of Welcome to Night Vale.

When I heard that two of the major forces behind that series had a book being published, naturally I was curious.

“Behind the scenes“ has become a common trope in storytelling these days. What makes this stand out from the usual is that both Fink and Bashwiner bring different yet equally valuable perspectives to bear on their shared experiences. That makes for a highly entertaining book.

Oh, if you didn’t already know—Fink and Bashwiner are a married couple. Yes—this is a story of how they met but it is also how they got through The First Ten Years

— Bud


A sometimes hilarious, occasionally heartbreaking, and always entertaining joint memoir by Joseph Fink, cocreator of Welcome to Night Vale, and his wife, writer and performer Meg Bashwiner, chronicling the first ten years of their relationship from both sides.

There are two sides to every love story.

In 2009, 22-year-old Joseph Fink, newly arrived to New York City from the West Coast, was juggling odd jobs to pay the rent and volunteering with a theater company in the East Village so he could snag free tickets to their shows.

Meg Bashwiner, a 22-year-old aspiring performer and playwright, was living with her parents in New Jersey, working a desk job and commuting to her internship with that same East Village theater company.

Joseph and Meg's stories meet when they both find themselves selling tickets in a cramped box office. They quickly became friends. Within a year, they were a couple. Within five years they were touring the world, performing on some of the world's greatest and not so great stages.

In this candid, soul-baring memoir, Joseph and Meg recount their first ten years together, each telling their story as they remember it, without having consulted the other. We hear both sides of their first kiss, first breakup, first getting back together, the death of a father, marriage, international fame, world tours, mental illness, and discussions about having children. Sometimes, they recall things differently—neither agrees on who paid for the morning after pill on their first date. Sometimes they remember the exact same details in the same way—but still have their own narrative on just what those details mean.

Poignant, funny, and real, alternately told in Joseph and Meg’s remarkably different, yet equally compelling voices, The First Ten Years is the story of two individuals finding their way in the world and becoming "adults" as they learn to become a couple.

About the Author

Joseph Fink is the creator of the Welcome to Night Vale and Alice Isn't Dead podcasts, and the New York Times bestselling author of Welcome to Night Vale, It Devours!, and The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home (all written with Jeffrey Cranor), and Alice Isn’t Dead. He is also the author of the middle-grade novel, The Halloween Moon. He and his wife, Meg Bashwiner, have written the memoir The First Ten Years. They live together in the Hudson River Valley.

Meg Bashwiner is a writer, performer, producer and tour manager. She lives in The Hudson River Valley and Los Angeles.

Praise For…

“A genuine and often hilarious modern love story that can't help but renew your faith in honest and earnest love.” — Kate Baer, #1 New York Times bestselling author of What Kind of Woman

Product Details
ISBN: 9780063027251
ISBN-10: 0063027259
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: May 11th, 2021
Pages: 224
Language: English

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